A good Easter weekend is typically filled with festivities, candy, chocolate bunnies, and, of course, Easter Egg hunts. If you plan to host or attend a Easter Egg hunt this year, be sure you put safety first so that you and your family can look back on the event with happy memories.
1. Remember to Practice Food Safety
Easter Egg hunts mean handling eggs. Eggs are one of the main offenders when it comes to salmonella exposure, so be sure any eggs are cooked thoroughly and are refrigerated before and after dying. Also consider using pasteurized eggs to reduce the risk of exposure.
If you plan on consuming your boiled eggs, do so within two hours of removing from the refrigerator.
Of course, for the safest alternative, use plastic eggs with toys and treats.
2. Keep an Eye Out for Choking Hazards
If you do decide to go the way of plastic eggs, avoid filling them with toys and candies that could pose a choking hazard. Check any items you do purchase to ensure they are age appropriate for the children who will be attending your Easter Egg hunt. Supervise any young children during the hunt as well as after when they begin eating their candy. For toddlers, avoid gum, hard candy, and jelly beans.
3. Use Safe Dyes for Your Colored Eggs
When dying Easter eggs, only use food-grade dyes. Alternatively, you can make your own using tea, beat juice, blueberry juice, grape juice, turmeric, and other food products. Also, check every egg for cracks before dying to avoid cross contamination.
4. Consider Food Allergies
As with any party or event involving children, ask parents if their kids have any food allergies that you can accommodate. Eggs are one of the most common allergy-causing foods in the U.S. Additionally, dairy-, peanut-, and gluten-free candy are typically pretty easy to find and will be clearly labeled if you are going the plastic egg route.
5. Watch Out for Potential Hazards
One thing you should always consider when hosting an Easter Egg hunt is whether there are any outdoor hazards that could potentially injure a child. Children will be running with excitement and will likely to be focused on getting that next egg rather than obstacles that may be in front of them. Make sure you put away any water hoses, gardening tools, chemicals, or any other potentially dangerous objects. Also, you should remove any animals from areas where children will be running as a precaution.