CONSUMER REPORTS -- Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time for pumpkin carving, and pumpkin carving injuries.

Carving pumpkins sounds pretty straightforward but significant injuries can happen.

“Every year I do see patients that come in with a hand related injury. Lacerations of digital
nerves as well as flexor tendons,” says Dr. Stuart Elkowitz, Orthopedic Surgeon NY Langone Orthopedics. (V/O)

So here are some do’s and don’ts to help keep you safe.

“Don’t use knives like these. Kitchen knives are sharp and they’ll slip around and it’s really easy to cut yourself. Instead, use pumpkin carving tools like this. They’re much smaller, they’re much less sharp and they’re going to be much easier to handle as you’re carving the tough pumpkin skin,” says Catherine Roberts, Consumer Reports Editor.

But if you have to use kitchen knives, make sure they have short-handles. Doctors also
recommend NOT to take the top off before you carve your pattern. “You’re setting your opposite hand up for sustaining a penetrating injury.”

And if you want to play it super safe carve out just the bottom - that way you won’t risk getting

Finally, DON’T let children carve. Instead - let them create the patterns and scoop out the pulp.

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