Tendon injuries, unfortunately, are fairly common, especially this time of year. Cutting through a finger tendon while carving a jack-o-lantern can happen rather easily. Follow these pumpkin carving safety tips to avoid injury, so you can have a fun and safe Halloween.
Avoiding cutting your hand is always the best solution, but accidents happen. There are a few tips to learn about avoiding tendon injuries this fall.
Prepare the pumpkin
Dry the pumpkin, your hands, and tools to begin. Wet surfaces can cause your hand to slip, which can lead to an accident.
Hold the pumpkin on a stable surface
This could be a cutting board, table or anything flat. Position it at a height where you can make small cuts or cut away from you. Sharper knives are easier to work with and slip less often, but they can also cause more serious cuts. Be careful. Carving tools can also cause injuries but rely on the smaller cuts to carve the pumpkin.
Monitor your children
Be sure your kids and teens are keeping their hands away from the cutting edge and area.
Apply first aid if an accident happens
Even if you follow our pumpkin carving safety tips, accidents can happen. Go to the emergency room or urgent care if your finger stops moving or loses feeling. If there is a lot of blood or you feel light headed please call 911 to be safe.
If you happen to injure a tendon or experience any upper extremity injuries this fall, know that the experts at LB Hand Therapy are here to help. Schedule an appointment today on our website.