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10 Safety tips for Easter egg hunting

Crystal Patriarche is the Director of Parenting Content for SheKnows and oversees the SheKnows Book Lounge. She's a mother, a life-long book lover, an Arizona State University journalism and public relations graduate and entrepreneur. ...

Keep the kids safe!

Easter is a time for goodies, great food, candy, little toys and indoor and outdoor activities galore. Keep your kids safe during Easter celebrations by following these 10 simple tips.

candy

To prevent choking and exposure to choking hazards, children under the age of 5 should not be given small candy. Be sure to give out age-appropriate candy and be watchful of little ones at all times.

toys

Toys with small pieces are also choking hazards so be mindful of any toys handed out to young children.

eggS

Decorating eggs is one of the most fun Easter traditions for children. However, remember that eggs can be hazardous and quickly spoil if not refrigerated properly before and after you decorate them. Hard-boiled eggs left out for several hours as part of a hunt or centerpiece should not be eaten.

CLEANLINESS

When preparing eggs for the hunt, wash hands before and after working with raw eggs, as well as any utensils or dishes used. Do not use eggs that have been cracked or broken.

sunscreen

If you are going to be outside for long periods for an Easter egg hunt or other outdoor games, remember to apply sunscreen.

nut allergies

Remember that some kids have nut allergies that are very serious. Check with parents before offering any chocolate bunnies or other candies that might have nuts.

boundaries

Set up a boundary for an outdoor Easter egg hunt so kids are not wandering off or into places that aren't safe or supervised.

no running

Separate age groups so that the large kids are not running off for their eggs and knocking over smaller children. Or enforce a no running rule.

indoor safety

For indoor egg hunts, do not hide eggs near outlets, hard to reach areas, near glass or other breakables or dangerous spots.

supervision

Designate only certain rooms of the house for indoor egg hunts so children aren't running around the house unsupervised.

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