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Easter Safety Tips

April 3rd, 2015 by

Easter Safety Tips

Easter is just a hop away, so it’s a good time to brush up on these children’s Easter safety tips to prevent accidents and injuries.

Easter Safety Tips – Food Safety

It’s important to be mindful of potential allergies and choking hazards when giving candy to children. Chocolates may include nuts, and could pose a risk to someone who has food allergies. It’s best to check with parents. Make sure the candy is age appropriate, small candies could be a choking hazard to younger children.

When preparing Easter eggs it’s important to remember hard-boiled eggs can spoil within two hours, so when not in use make sure they are refrigerated. If you use eggs as a decorative display, dispose of the eggs afterwards to ensure children do not get ahold of them and eat them. Wash your hands, countertop and utensils that came into contact with raw eggs to reduce the risk of salmonella poisoning.

Easter Safety Tips – Egg Hunt

Egg hunts are the highlight of the day for children, whether they are indoor or outdoor. If in large groups, young children and older children should be separated. This gives young children a fair chance of finding eggs, and also reduces the risk of injuries. Create boundaries so kids do not go too far, into an unsafe area, or into rooms of a house they are not supposed to be in. Apply sunscreen to children if they are going to be spending long hours in the sun.

Easter Safety Tips – Toys

If children receive toys this Easter, make sure the toys don’t pose a safety hazard. Ride-on toys such as scooters, motor powered children’s vehicles, and bicycles should be used with caution. Clinical Pediatrics states that 43 percent of children’s hospital admissions are a result of accidents on ride-on toys. To reduce the risk of injury, children should be supervised while playing both inside and outside. The area should be away from traffic, and helmet use should be enforced. For more information on toy safety, check out our blog.

As a driver, watch out for children who may run out into the road, and don’t drink and drive. Keep your family and friends safe.

SOURCES:

Clinical Pediatrics. Toy-Related Injuries Among Children Treated in US Emergency Departments, 1990-2011. Retrieved March 2, 2015.

 

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