Carve at a clean, dry, well-lit area. Any moisture on hands, tools, or cutting surfaces can cause slipping that can lead to injury.
Always have adult supervision and leave the carving to adults. It only takes a second for an accident to occur. Let kids draw the pattern on the pumpkin and help scoop out the seeds. When it is time to start cutting, always cut away from the body in short, controlled strokes.
Use pumpkin carving kits. These kits contain special knives that have serrated edges. These knives are less likely to get stuck in the pumpkin skin, and are not sharp enough to cause deep cuts if they have to be wedged free.
If an injury occurs, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be required.