and well-lit area, and make sure there is no moisture on the carving tools or your hands.
Avoid using sharp knives. Sharp knives can pierce through the pumpkin’s skin and slice your hand open. Although dull knives can still cause injuries, they will not cut your hand as deeply.
If you are involving your children, leave the carving to the adults. Instead, allow them to participate by scooping out the seeds and tracing their decorations onto the pumpkin. Once they are done, you can carve it for them.
What to do if someone gets a cut
If someone suffers a cut, apply pressure with a clean cloth and elevate the injured area above the heart. If bleeding does not stop within 10 to 15 minutes or if the cut is deep, you may need to see a doctor, the academy notes. Make sure cuts are cleaned and covered with clean bandages.
If the cut is more than 1/4-inch-deep or is in a place that prevents healing, it may need stitches.
Don’t put candles in Halloween pumpkins and other decorations. Instead, use non-flammable light sources such as glow sticks or artificial pumpkin lights, the experts suggest.
If you prefer to light up your pumpkins with candles, cut the bottom of the pumpkin out instead of the top. This technique will help you avoid burns as you place the candle inside.
Practice safety when putting up decorations
Before you use a ladder to put up Halloween decorations, check it for loose screws, hinges or rungs. Never place a ladder on uneven ground or flooring. Place the ladder in well-lit areas and make sure there are no tripping hazards, such as loose electrical extension cords across walking paths.
The highest standing level on a stepladder should be two steps down from the top, the AAOS warns. To prevent slipping while on the ladder, be sure that the soles of your shoes are clean and don’t wear leather-soled shoes. Always have someone spot you while you’re on a ladder and move the ladder when necessary instead of overreaching.
Fall festivities are a fun way to get the whole family involved, just remember to keep it safe and don’t partake in anything unless you are absolutely sure how to do it.