Easter is often associated with the start of the spring season and a great time to gather with family and friends. As you get ready to celebrate spring and Easter this weekend, keep in mind safety tips for the holiday. Whether you are traveling to visit someone else or if you are hosting the celebrations at your home.
National Safety, Inc. offers these tips for Easter:
- Be sure that Easter toys and dolls are free of choking hazards. Pieces that can be removed from a doll or toy pose a potential choking danger to small children.
- Chocolate bunnies are an Easter tradition however, be very careful when giving such gifts to people who are peanut or nut allergic. Make sure you read the label of contents, as many chocolates, may have been in contact with nuts or peanuts during their preparation or packaging.
Egg Hunting Safety Tips apply to both inside and outside, but they have been broken down into two primary categories:
- Do not hide eggs near an electrical outlet or plugs.
- Do not hide eggs in light sockets
- Do not hide eggs in, on, under or around glass.
- Keep eggs at or below eye level of the children.
- Keep count and track of the eggs you hid.
- Do not hide eggs in pre-existing holes in the ground or trees.
- Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns, look potential dangerous or poisonous. (Rule of thumb: before you put eggs in foliage; make sure you know it by name).
- Do not hide eggs in any animals home, food bowl or play area.
- If grass, foliage or anywhere pesticides or poisons have been dispersed, do not put eggs there
- Eggs that shows cracks or damage, throw away
General Egg Safety Tips:
- Eggs are a potentially hazardous food, in the same category as meat, poultry, fish, and milk. In other words, they are capable of supporting the rapid growth of disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella.
- Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/painting, they must be kept refrigerated. Never leave raw eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Don’t eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
- Hard-boiled Easter (decorated) eggs left in room temperature for many hours or days as a decoration or table centerpiece should be discarded and not eaten.
- Use only clean, unbroken eggs. Discard dirty or broken eggs. When you boil your eggs, make sure the water is hot (185-190 degrees F). Cool your eggs in cold water or just in the air.
- Cleanliness of hands, utensils and work surfaces is essential in preventing spread of bacteria.
- Always wash your hands when handling your eggs, especially between cooking, cooling and dyeing.
- Wash hands again, along with all utensils, equipment and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before preparing other foods.
This weekend can be a great time to celebrate and visit with family and friends. Keep safety in mind so it can be enjoyed by all.
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