As an Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Dr. David Ruch sees a lot of injuries when it comes to pumpkin carving. To prevent injuries, he was featured on Spectrum News sharing some tips to keep in mind when carving pumpkins.
Dr. Ruch suggested carving a smaller pumpkin because the larger ones come in odd shapes, and don't have enough surface space to carve. He also recommended either buying pumpkin carving tools or using shorter knives as tools for carving. He said "If you're going to use a knife from the kitchen, you want to use a really short knife with a short handle. That's less likely to that's less likely to slide off and result in poking and puncturing your other hand." He also recommended drawing a design before carving and don't remove the insides until you are done.