Stay safe this Halloween with these pumpkin carving safety tips.

Stay safe this Halloween with these pumpkin carving safety tips. Credit: Angela Gaul

Making jack o' lanterns can be a fun family activity during this time of year, but if you’re not careful slicing, carving pumpkins can get a little dicey (pun intended).

Pumpkin carving pro Gene Granata of Pumpkin Masters gave us these five tips for making sure you and your kids stay safe this Halloween:

Create a safe workspace
Set out your carving materials on a well-lit, dry surface. Make sure everyone has the tools they need right in front them, and that kids can reach the space easily.

Choose the right tools
Using household kitchen knives can be dangerous, especially for children, so use carving tools specifically designed for kids. Kits like these often include saws with larger handles that make it easier for little hands to grip and maintain control.

Point the blade away
No matter which carving tool you’re using, point the blade away from you as you carve. If your hand slips, you’re less likely to get hurt.

Saw, don’t slice
Instead of using a sweeping movement, like slicing, try gently sawing through the pumpkin as you carve. Go as slowly as you need to avoid slipping.

Watch your hands — and others’
Be mindful of where everyone’s free hands are when carving. Whether you’re carving yourself or you’re holding a pumpkin for someone else, keep one hand on top of the pumpkin instead of on the side. That way it’s within sight, which will decrease the risk of poking or slicing through the pumpkin — and into someone’s hand.

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