Simple Ways to Host a Safe Easter Egg Hunt
Easter is coming! One of the most fun annual traditions is the Easter egg hunt. But if you’re hosting one in your home for the neighborhood kids, there are a number of concerns, in terms of both comfort and safety. Here are a few tips to help you host a safe Easter egg hunt.
Prepare for comfort.
Depending on the setup of your home, you can hide the eggs indoors, or in the backyard. But either way, people will be spending time in your home, and it’s important that it’s comfortable. Dehumidify your home the day before the event. Then an hour or so before, set your thermostat a few degrees lower, to account for the extra warm bodies.
Set clear boundaries.
For a safe Easter egg hunt, it’s important to know where the dangerous places in your home are. For instance, don’t hide eggs in or around your HVAC system, either the indoor or outdoor units. And make sure the kids know that those areas are off limits.
Do a walkthrough.
Once you’ve established the area where you’ll be hiding eggs, go through it and make sure you haven’t left anything there that could harm the children, such as rakes and shovels, prescription medications, or hazardous chemicals.
Be careful of pets.
Keep your pets away from where you’re hiding the eggs, so that they don’t accidentally eat something harmful such as egg shells, plastic eggs, Easter grass, chocolate, candy wrappers, etc. Make sure the kids know not to feed candy to your pets, either.
Be safe with food.
If you’re using real eggs, boil them at least 10 minutes, then refrigerate them before coloring them. Then put them back in the refrigerator until just before the hunt. Hard boiled eggs should be eaten no more than two hours after coming out of the fridge. Be careful with Easter candy, too: find out if any of your invitees have food allergies, and plan accordingly.
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