Have a Happy and Safe Easter!
Easter is this next weekend and is right around the corner. The Easter bunny and Easter celebrations will be hopping along to many of our homes. To make sure all our family, friends and co-workers have a safe holiday requires safety awareness. Safety awareness is a continuing journey, not the final destination.
Many of you may be traveling to visit family or friends this Easter holiday weekend remember to drive safety, buckle up and not speed. Speeding is the leading cause (over 60%) of all fatal traffic accident on the roadways every year. Plan ahead, enjoy the sights on the way and arrive alive to enjoy the Easter Holiday.
Easter has lots of various activities and here are a few helpful safety tips to make it a Happy and Safe Easter celebration:
· Be sure that Easter toys and dolls are free of choking hazards. Pieces that can be removed from a doll or toy pose a potential choking danger to small children.
· Chocolate Bunny’s are an Easter traditionhowever, be very careful when giving such gifts to people who are peanut or nut allergic. Make sure you read the label of contents, as many chocolates, may have been in contact with nuts or peanuts during their preparation or packaging.
Why Bunnies, Ducklings, Turtles and Chicks Make Bad Easter Gifts
Chicks, ducks and bunnies may be cute and cuddly, but they don’t make good Easter gifts.
These animals can carry bacteria that can make your child sick.
Children shouldn’t kiss or hold a sick bird or bunny. These pets can carry salmonella and other illnesses.
Children are more likely to get salmonella than adults, because their immune systems aren’t fully developed, children are a higher risk than adults. Don’t allow pets on tables or anyplace else where food is prepared.
Make it a general rule that when your kids touch any type of pet, they wash their hands immediately.
Symptoms of salmonella
One to three days after playing with an infected pet, your child may have a fever, diarrhea or stomach pain.
Nausea, chills and headaches are also possible. This usually lasts about a week. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems usually have the worst symptoms.
Rabbits have long toenails that can leave deep scratches. Young children are likely to be hurt if they don’t hold the bunny properly. Not only is it in your child’s best interest not to have Easter pets, but it’s also in the animal’s best interest. Children can easily break a rabbit’s back or kill a baby chick by mishandling it. A few weeks after Easter, animal shelters are overwhelmed with rabbits that people no longer want. These animals usually end up being put to sleep. Some people release them into the wild, where they can’t fend for themselves and become easy prey. Rabbits can live up to 8-10 years and require a lot of responsibility and care. Please think carefully if you are going to get a rabbit, duckling or chick for your child this Easter.
Egg Coloring, Egg Hunting and General Egg Safety Tips:
Every year millions of children are on a quest to find their brilliantly decorated Easter eggs, candy and gifts. As parents we cant help but give our children a little better challenge each year, sometimes not thinking of the safety factor.
So before you start getting out your 24-foot extension ladder or unscrewing that 100 watt light bulb and replacing it with an egg, the USDA(US Dept of Agriculture) has a couple of great safety tips that can help you have a fun and safe Easter.
Egg Hunting Safety Tips apply to both inside and outside, but they have been broken down into two primary categories.
- Do not hide eggs near an electrical outlet or plugs.
- Do not hide eggs in light sockets
- Do not hide eggs in, on, under or around glass.
- Keep eggs at or below eye level of the children.
- Keep count and track of the eggs you hid.
- Do not hide eggs in pre-existing holes in the ground or trees.
- Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns, look potential dangerous or poisonous. (Rule of thumb: before you put eggs in foliage; make sure you know it by name).
- Do not hide eggs in any animals home, food bowl or play area.
- If grass, foliage or anywhere pesticides or poisons have been dispersed, do not put eggs there
- Eggs that shows cracks or damage, throw away
General Egg Safety Tips:
Eggs are a potentially hazardous food, in the same category as meat, poultry, fish, and milk. In other words, they are capable of supporting the rapid growth of disease-causing bacteria like Salmonella.
- Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/painting, they must be kept refrigerated. Never leave raw eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Don’t eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
- Hard-boiled Easter (decorated) eggs left in room temperature for many hours or days as a decoration or table centerpiece should be discarded and not eaten.
- Use only clean, unbroken eggs. Discard dirty or broken eggs. When you boil your eggs, make sure the water is hot (185-190 degrees F). Cool your eggs in cold water or just in the air.
- Cleanliness of hands, utensils and work surfaces is essential in preventing spread of bacteria.
- Always wash your hands when handling your eggs, especially between cooking, cooling and dyeing.
- Wash hands again, along with all utensils, equipment and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before preparing other foods.
Easter Dinner preparation safety tips:
Fully cooked ready-to-eat hams may be heated to 140 degrees F at an oven temperature of 325 degrees F before serving. It also may be served cold. Fresh (raw) hams should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
Lamb and beef
Lamb and beef roasts should be cooked to at least 145 degrees F, in an oven set no lower than 325 degrees F. Ground meats, on the other hand, should cook to 160 degrees F; steaks and chops to 145 degrees F.
Information provided by the USDA (US Dept of Agriculture) and CDC (Center for Disease Control)
If you have a question about meat, poultry or egg products, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll free at 1-888-MPHotline or 1-888-674-6854, TTY: 1-800-256-7072.
- All parts of the Easter lily, day lily, tiger lily, rubrum lily, and others are toxic to felines. Ingesting even a small amount of the plant can result in kidney failure and, if untreated, death. Shortly after ingestion, a cat may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. As the kidney damage progresses, these signs worsen. In most cases, a cat must be treated within mere hours of ingesting the plant, or damage to the kidneys will be irreversible.
- Most chocolate contains high amounts of fat and methylxanthine alkaloids (theobromine and caffeine) that cause constriction of arteries, increased heart rate, and central nervous system/cardiac muscle stimulation.
- These effects can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, excessive panting and thirst, hyperactivity, increased urinating, stiffness, and exaggerated reflexes. Cardiac failure, seizures, coma, and death can result if the chocolate ingestion is not found within four to six hours and treated appropriately.
- Keep Easter basket ‘grass’ and foil candy wrappers away from pets. These items are non-digestible and can get caught in the intestines, leading to blockage and possible perforation. They can lead to choking, strangulation, and even worse, an internal obstruction.
- Tempted to share holiday table scraps with Fido or Fluffy? Use discretion. Be aware of bones in the mix. And don’t overfeed your animal with table food to which he’s not accustomed…diarrhea is never a pleasant thing with which to deal, especially on a holiday.
- Be careful in selecting spring plants for the home. The foliage, flower, or pod of daffodils can cause upset tummies, vomiting, or diarrhea; flower heads of hydrangeas can cause stomach pains, vomiting, and weakness; the seeds and pods of wisteria can cause all of the above plus dehydration and collapse; even ivy is toxic and can cause breathing difficulty, coma, or death.
- Be sure curious pets are not able to get at a garbage bag! Even if harmful items are properly disposed of, an unsupervised pet can chew through a plastic garbage bag and still have access to raw bones and other waste.
EASTER SAFETY FIRST, EASTER SAFETY ALWAYS!
Information from USDA, FDA , CDC and NM Dept of Health.
Today’s post provided by Ken Oswald (keno)