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Infographic: How to Carve a Turkey

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Keep everything dry. This includes your cutting area and knife handle.
  3. Keep all cutting utensils sharp. If your knife is sharp enough, it should not need force in order to carve.
  4. If possible, use an electric knife for the carving. Use kitchen shears to cut the bones and joints of the turkey.
  5. Do not let children assist with the carving, cutting or chopping.

You can read more safety tips at www.HandCare.org.

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