Easter is right around the corner and while it may seem like a fairly safe holiday, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- What's an Easter basket without that fake, plastic grass? Unfortunately, it is a choking hazard for both kids and pets. Keep it out of reach of your animals and small children.
- Whether hunting eggs in a yard or park, set well-defined boundaries and place adults around the area to make sure no one wanders out of sight.
- If you're in charge of hiding the eggs outside, be aware of areas that might have bees, spiders, or other creepy things!
- Be mindful of not placing the eggs too close to driveways, parking lots, or streets.
- Going to a community egg hunt? Check the contents of your child's eggs before letting them dig in. Make sure there are no opened candies, choking hazards, or ingredients that will set off an allergy.
- Decorated boiled eggs are lovely, but if you leave them out too long and then eat them, you won't be feeling lovely! Do not eat eggs that have been out of the fridge for more than two hours.
- If you plan to eat your decorated, boiled eggs, make sure to use food-grade dyes. You can also make your own all-natural dyes with things like cabbage leaves, beets, blueberries, grape juice, and dried tea.
- Shells with cracks, even tiny ones, can allow bacteria inside the egg. Toss any cracked eggs!
- To be safe, have one set of boiled eggs for hiding and decorating and another set for eating. Or keep your boiled eggs in the fridge just for eating and only use plastic eggs for decorating and hiding!
- Hard-boiled eggs that are going to be eaten should be left in the refrigerator until the last possible minute.
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