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5 Easy Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

October 22, 2014
Pumpkin Carving
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it is time to start carving pumpkins. Although this is a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous. There is nothing that ruins pumpkin-carving fun faster than an accident with a knife. To keep things safe this fall, follow these tips when you are carving your pumpkins.

1. Get the Right Tools

The first step in safe pumpkin carving is to get the right tools. The best way to do this is to purchase a pumpkin-carving kit that has all the tools you need included in it. If you want to put together your own carving kit, then you should start with a serrated knife. You never want to use a flat blade to cut your pumpkins. Also, get a pair of gloves to handle the messy job of scooping out the pumpkin innards. You will also need a magic marker to trace the outline of the design you want to carve.

2. Work at a Proper Location

Carving pumpkins is a messy job, and the pumpkins can be very slippery. You want to work on a flat surface that will keep the pumpkins from moving while you are using a knife on them. Working on a table works best in most cases. Just make sure that the table is not too slick. You will also need plenty of light to see what you are doing while you are carving.

3. More Sawing than Carving

Again, you do not want to use a kitchen carving knife when you are working with the pumpkin. In fact, pumpkin carving is a bit of a misnomer. It is actually more like pumpkin sawing. Using a serrated blade will give you the best results when you are carving your pumpkins. Use a slow sawing motion when you are carving to make it easier to cut through the pumpkin’s flesh, and reduce the chances that you accidentally cut yourself.

4. Never Leave Kids Unattended

One of the best things about pumpkin carving is that it is a great family activity. Carving pumpkins with your kids will create memories that last a lifetime. However, you need to make sure that you kids stay safe while you are doing it. The best way to do this is to watch them through every step of the process. Never leave them unattended for even a moment.

5. Fire Safety

One of the hazards of jack-o-lanterns is the traditional lit candles that illuminate them. Luckily, this can be avoided by using a flameless candle. These flameless candles will give you that wonderful flickering effect without the danger of an open flame.

Follow these tips to stay safe when you are carving your pumpkins. There is no need to spoil the family fun by someone getting hurt. Take your time and make sure that you follow every rule to keep your family safe when you are creating your jack-o-lanterns this Halloween.

Personal Safety for the Close of Daylight Saving Time

September 29, 2014
Daylight Saving Time
The end of Daylight Saving Time means the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. People are leaving work at their normal time, being met with darkness. Kids are leaving after school activities and walking home in the dark. This makes safety a growing concern as the days become shorter.

Parking Lot at Work

Even if you’re in the parking lot at work, you should be extremely aware of your surroundings. Unless you park in an enclosed, guard-secured lot, there are reasons to be concerned about safety. Your employer should ensure that there are lights in the parking lot, and they are switched on when it’s time to leave work. If possible, leave in a group so everyone is protected, and check your surroundings before opening your car door.

Kids After School

After school activities like football, soccer or drama club can last for an hour or two, meaning your kids will be leaving school when it’s becoming dark outside. They should be aware of their surroundings to stay safe, especially if they walk home. If they normally take a shortcut home, have them take a longer, lighted way home instead. Talk to them about ways to stay safe. Do not allow them to listen to any music on headphones as it may mask some dangers they might otherwise hear. If they can walk home with a group of other children, have them buddy up for the walk home.

Jogging or Walking

Before or after work is the only time that you have to exercise, but soon it will be dark. There are ways to stay safe while jogging at night. Use reflective clothing so that drivers can see you as the sun sets. Dusk is the time when many accidents occur because the light is hazy and drivers haven’t turned on their headlights. Stay on lighted paths if you’re jogging in the park. If possible, make time in the mornings for your daily walks or jogs to avoid some of the after-dark dangers.

Holiday Shopping and Festivities

The season seems to start earlier and earlier every year, so it’s not too soon to discuss some safety precautions when preparing for this holiday season. When shopping, be sure that you’re being safe while walking to your car. Make note of where you park and have your keys ready before you get to the vehicle. If you see anything suspicious, go back inside and find a security guard to accompany you. If someone knocks on your door, don’t open it until you know who it is. Be wary of strangers during the upcoming holiday season.

In Your Driveway

With a timer, you can set the lights, so you’ll arrive to a well-lit driveway and home. Motion lights are great for driveways too. As an added deterrent, anyone moving in the darkness will have triggered the light before you pull into the driveway alerting you to danger.

Criminals are always looking for you to let down your guard, and because many people have not yet adjusted to the time change, Daylight Saving Time is ideal for these deviant individuals. Start early and get in the mindset before the time change gets here—that way, you and your family are all prepared for the dark evenings that have their owns set of dangers.