Plan on carving a pumpkin this year? In addition to having fun, the most important thing to remember when carving a pumpkin is safety. Pumpkin carving is an activity that needs to be approached with caution, especially if you’re planning to include the kids. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind when creating those jack-o-lanterns. For more information and free Pennsylvania homeowners insurance quote visit our website today, http://www.kimberleyvassal.com.
- The Workstation: Set up your carving workstation on a well-lit dry surface. You don’t want those pumpkins to slip and slide! Use a tray or jar to store your tools when not in use. If the kids are going to help, make sure they can easily reach the work surface.
- Knife Selection: If you’re reaching for a chef’s knife, please put it down now! A small knife with a short serrated blade is your best bet for pumpkin carving. The knife that’s included in a pumpkin carving kit you find at the store is a great example of what you should use. That type of knife usually has a serrated blade that’s not as sharp as the kitchen knives you have at home. Sharper isn’t better when it comes to pumpkin carving, and the serrated edge will make your work even easier.
- Point the Blade Away: Point the blade edge away from you as much as possible while carving out the design. If your hand slips or you loose control of the blade, you’re less likely to get cut.
- Saw Instead of Slice: Gently saw back and forth through the pumpkin to complete your design. Take your time and avoid the urge to make big slices so that you don’t injure yourself.
- Watch Where You Put Your Hands: Be mindful of where you put your free hand while carving. If you use one of your hands to steady the pumpkin, be cautious that you don’t poke or slice all the way through the pumpkin to the other side.
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