Pumpkin carving safety tips

BISMARCK, N.D. - Halloween is less than a week away, and that means people are busy carving pumpkins.

But what's the safest way to carve the perfect jack-o-lantern?

Sanford Health recommends you to use this pumpkin carving kits when crafting your Halloween decorations.

The pumpkin carving kits are available at supermarkets.

It's an inexpensive way to stay safe.

"When carving a pumpkin, it would be good to use a purpose built pumpkin carving saw and scoop," said Kurt Icenogle, orthopedic hand surgeon.

Sanford Health recommends people to use pumpkin carving knifes like this instead of kitchen knives.

Another safe way to create a scary pumpkin is to let your child draw a spooky face instead of letting them carve it.

"She can take the little scoop thing and scoop the pumpkin seeds out and draw on the pumpkin where she wants it to be cut. But, she doesn't get to hold the knife," said Nichole Roepke, mom.

Sanford Health says pumpkin carving is the number one cause of emergency room injuries around the Halloween holiday.

"It's important if you sustain an injury to your hand, the results in tendon laceration or a nerve injury, that you seek medical attention," said Icenogle.

If bleeding or numbness still continues after 15 minutes of applying pressure, Sanford Health says to go into the emergency room.

A few other ways to carve safely this Halloween season is to carve in a clean environment and to not consume alcohol.