These days there are other worries, and according to some child safety experts, parents would be well advised to become “egg-sperts” before making some Easter plans.
“Eggs are a big part of our kids’ Easter traditions, but they also come with some inherent risks,” says Linda DeRose-Droubay, director of Safety and Quality Compliance at Virginia-based The Children’s Group, Inc., publisher of popular children’s catalogs HearthSong® and Magic Cabin®. “There are some common sense measures that parents can take to make sure Easter stays fun for everyone.”
She offers up these tips for moms and dads:
·Always buy eggs from a refrigerated case and keep them refrigerated before you boil them in preparation for decorating. Be sure to check the “sell by” dates.
·When you boil your eggs, make sure the water is hot (185-190 degrees F). Cool your eggs in cold water or allow cooling slowly at room temperature.
·When shell eggs are hard-cooked, the protective coating is washed away, leaving open pores in the shell where harmful bacteria could enter. Be sure to refrigerate eggs within two hours of cooking and use them within a week.
·Don’t eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
·If you plan to eat the Easter eggs you decorate, be sure to use only food grade dye. (Some people make two sets of eggs - one for decorating and hiding, another for eating.)
·Make sure to wash (and re-wash) your hands, utensils, and work surfaces to keep bacteria from spreading.
·Hide eggs in places that are protected from dirt, pets, and other bacteria sources.
·Limit the hiding and hunting time for real eggs to two hours. Refrigerate them immediately if they are to be eaten.
·Eggs found hours later or the next day should be thrown out — not eaten!
·Consider using plastic eggs instead of real eggs for Easter egg hunts.
·Remember to avoid hiding places near tempting electrical outlets or plugs.
·Keep eggs at or below eye level of younger children.
·Do not hide eggs in cupboard or drawers with dangerous products.
·Do not hide eggs in, on, or under glass.
·Do not hide eggs in preexisting holes in the ground or trees.
·Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns, looks potentially dangerous or poisonous (If you don’t know the name of the foliage, don’t put an egg in it!)
·Do not hide eggs in any animal’s home, food bowl or play area.
·Do not hide eggs where pesticides or poisons have recently been sprayed.
·Do not hide eggs in tool sheds.
·Keep count and track of the eggs you hide.
Information provided by HearthSong