Think before hiding those Easter eggs

Friday, April 18, 2014

What's more fun at Easter than the traditional, time-honored practice of hiding colorful Easter eggs for the children to find, and then seeing the joy on their faces as they find each egg?

Yet, common sense must rule in this entertaining Easter pursuit that is so special for children, parents, and grandparents.

There are some common sense measures that parents can take to make sure Easter stays fun and safe for everyone.

On the egg hiding front, for safety's sake, parents should heed these words of caution:

*Remember to avoid hiding places near tempting electrical outlets or plugs.

*Keep eggs at or below eye level of younger children. Don't force them to climb on things to find a hidden egg.

*Do not hide eggs in cupboards or drawers that contain sharp or dangerous products.

*Do not hide eggs in, on, or under glass.

*Do not hide eggs in pre-existing holes in the ground or trees.

*Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns or 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, and that includes your own pet's space.

*Do not hide eggs where pesticides or poisons have recently been sprayed.

*Do not hide eggs in tool sheds.

*Do not hide eggs in any area that is not readily accessible or with which you are not familiar, including in thick weeds and timber or near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.

*Keep count and keep track of the eggs you hide.

By observing these valuable cautions, you can ensure that you and your family will have a safe and joyous Easter celebration.