In the United States, 88% of people eat turkey on Thanksgiving. That leaves a lot of room for hand injuries! It’s not uncommon to accidentally cut yourself while carving a turkey or other meats. Unfortunately, carving injuries can be serious, sometimes involving amputation. Here’s how you can safely carve a turkey this Thanksgiving:
- Never cut toward yourself. Your free hand should be placed opposite the side you are carving towards. Don’t place your hand underneath the blade to catch the slice of meat.
- Keep everything dry. This includes your cutting area and knife handle.
- Keep all cutting utensils sharp. If your knife is sharp enough, it should not need force in order to carve.
- If possible, use an electric knife for the carving. Use kitchen shears to cut the bones and joints of the turkey.
- Do not let children assist with the carving, cutting or chopping.
You can read more safety tips at www.HandCare.org.