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Tips for Pumpkin Carving From State Farm

The combination of slippery pumpkins and sharp knives can be dangerous. Follow these tips to help keep everyone safe when carving your Halloween pumpkin this year.


Set an Age Limit

Consumer Reports recommends that children younger than 14 years old should not do the actual pumpkin carving. But younger kids can still get in on the fun:

Have them draw the patterns for their pumpkins.

Allow them to decorate their pumpkins with markers, paint or non-carving decoration kits.

Let them clean out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkins.

If you decide to let your teens carve pumpkins, closely supervise in case anything goes wrong.

Use the Right Tools

Big kitchen knives aren’t the best fit for this job. According to Consumer Reports, a pumpkin carving kit is a safer option. The tools in these kits are:

Designed to easily pierce pumpkins

Not as sharp as average kitchen knives

Smaller and easier to control

Follow Proper Technique

Avoid finger and hand injuries:

Work slowly and steadily — don’t rush the project.

Cut away from your body with the carving tool.

Use small, controlled motions when carving.

Keep your free hand out of the way to avoid mishaps.

Happy Halloween

Set Up for Safety

Before you start carving, prepare your pumpkin carving area and tools:

Make sure the carving area is dry, well lit and on a stable surface.

Wash and dry all of your tools before carving.

Keep your hands clean and dry to avoid slipping.

Safe pumpkin carving is just one key to a happy Halloween. Get more safety tips for a worry-free holiday from State Farm®.  

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Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Annual Parade

Hello Friends and Happy Monday, I hope you all had a nice weekend and that the weather was just as nice where you were as it was here in Delaware.  Saturday before leaving Dover my sons and I drove through downtown and noticed a large gathering on The Green.  Unfortunately, we had just missed the annual parade of The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association but I stopped to take pictures of some of the trucks and engines which were prominently on display.

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Volunteer Fire Companies from around the state participated and vied for the coveted Governor’s Cup which was awarded to Smyrna’s Citizens Hose Company for the 34th year.

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Families and friends enjoyed themselves, eating, drinking, and playing while a DJ played a variety of music to keep everyone entertained before the awards ceremony.

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This traditional family friendly festival is just one of many events held annually in the Capital City of Dover.

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Gotta love the back of this truck!

Have fantabulous day – Smooches!