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John F. O'Hara
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Six Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

October 23, 2014 1:32 am

Jack-o’-lanterns are a Halloween staple. Many families share in the tradition of carving pumpkins, but many also experience injuries as a result. According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, hospitals treat four to five times more hand injuries in October than any other time of year.

Take precautions when carving your jack-o’-lantern by following these steps.

1. Prepare a first aid response. Before starting any pumpkin carving project, have a plan for responding to accidents quickly. If a cut occurs, apply pressure to the wound with a clean, dry cloth. If there are no signs of healing after 15 minutes, go to the emergency room.

2. Use a specialized carving kit. Most pumpkin carving kits come with tools that are not only safer for carvers to use, but more effective at sawing, poking and scooping jack-o’-lanterns.

3. Set aside enough time to get the job done. When carving a pumpkin, slower is better. Make sure you have time to pay careful attention to the task at hand.

4. Carve in clean, dry area. Slippery surfaces can lead to injury, especially when dealing with sharp objects. Keep your area and tools dry at all times.

5. Carve the pumpkin before gutting. To avoid injury, carve your design into the surface of the pumpkin before removing seeds and pulp. This will mitigate the chances of placing your hand inside the pumpkin when cutting later.

6. Have an adult do the carving for children. Do not let children younger than 14 carve pumpkins. Get kids involved by having them draw a face or pattern on the surface of the pumpkin, and have them clean out the inside with a spoon or their hands.

Source: Consumer Reports

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How to Max Out Cabinet Storage

October 23, 2014 1:32 am

(Family Features) Current trends in household lifestyles, such as first-time home buying or empty nesting, have left people with smaller spaces. Did you know that cabinets are an excellent solution to storage concerns? The experts at Welborn Cabinets suggest these cabinet organization tips to maximize your space.

Designate to conserve.
A crucial rule to always follow when trying to conserve space is to give every item its own location. Yes, this may seem like an effortless task; however, how many of your measuring cups or hair products are the exact way you had them when they were first organized? Take the extra time to conserve organization by storing them correctly, and you will be surprised how much time you will actually save when it comes to locating them.

Arrange according to use. Store items by how often you use them. Placing items that are used most in the front. This will save time because you will know exactly where to find them without the hassle of digging to the back of a cabinet.

Add shelving. To get the most out of your cabinets, use sliding shelves. Not only does this eliminate having to kneel and stretch to the back of the cabinet to reach that cake pan that fell behind everything else, but it gives you access to use every inch of space because with a simple pull, everything is brought to you. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. provides storage solutions such as sliding shelves for maximization of space.

Pare down. Everyone has those dust-collecting items that have not been touched in years. It is time to decide what remains and what needs to be removed. De-cluttering is often associated with closet clean outs, but cabinets could use a clean out, too. For kitchen cabinets, consider donating nonperishable food items and remove those past their expiration date.

Source: Welborn Cabinet, Inc.

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