Have a Carefree Easter: How to Host a Safe Easter Egg Hunt 

Have a Carefree Easter: How to Host a Safe Easter Egg HuntKeep the kids—and the adults—happy by hosting a safe Easter egg hunt this year.

The Duchess of Kent helped mainstream this tradition in the early 1800s by holding Easter egg hunts for children on the grounds of Kensington Palace. One of those children was her daughter, the future Queen Victoria, who expanded the annual event during her reign. However, the actual custom probably dates back as far as 17th century Germany.

While the annual tradition might not seem to be specifically risky, there are a few common safety hazards to be aware of for little people on your property. Here are some ways to ensure a safe Easter egg hunt:

  • Prevent choking hazards. If you opt for plastic eggs filled with prizes, be aware that hard candy, jelly beans and other small treats can be hazardous for very small children. Opt instead for fruit snacks, animal crackers and cereal.
  • Limit outdoor hunts to safe areas of the property.  Establish boundaries so kids don’t enter unsafe areas. Children should not be searching around outdoor hazards such as a swimming pool, a tool shed or any area that might contain lawn chemicals, pesticides or fuel. Also, don’t hide eggs where they might be contacted by wild animals such as squirrels or birds.
  • Stay away from the HVAC unit. The outdoor central A/C component, usually located in the back yard or beside the house, should be off-limits during an easter egg hunt. This unit contains an operating fan that may automatically actuate at any time as well as narrow vent slots on the side that could cut or trap small fingers.
  • Keep the house kid-comfortable. For indoor hunts, remember that the ideal house temperature for children differs slightly from what may suit certain adults. Children’s bodies don’t regulate heat as well as grown-ups so temperature extremes should definitely be avoided. In most cases, set the thermostat at 72 degrees to keep the indoor environment comfy and healthy.

Here’s to a safe Easter egg hunt this year from the HVAC professionals at Paitson Bros., serving the Wabash Valley since 1922.

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