Safety tips for the Easter Bunny

Dear Easter Bunny,

Thank you for hiding our children's brightly decorated Easter eggs, candy, and whatnots. Unfortunately thousands of children across the country end up in the hospital that glorious day due to some of your creative hiding places.

Before you begin hiding Easter eggs in Cujo's dog bowl, up in a birds nest 23ft high or replace a 100 watt light bulb with little Timmy's egg; take a look at Mr. No-No's safety tips. Mr. No-No realizes some of these tips are commonsense, but you would be amazed how many children get hurt regardless.

Hiding the Eggs Inside:

  • Do not hide eggs in light sockets
  • Do not hide eggs near an electrical outlet or plugs.
  • Do not hide eggs in cupboard or drawers with dangerous products.
  • Do not hide eggs in, on or under glass.

Hiding the Eggs Outside:

  • Do not hide eggs in preexisting holes in the ground or trees.
  • Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns, looks potential dangerous or poisonous.
  • (Rule of thumb: 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.

General Egg Hiding Tips:

  • Color-code the eggs for each child's age group.
  • (Let children know what color is theirs, and hide them accordingly)
  • Keep eggs at or below eye level of younger children.
  • Keep count and track of the eggs you hid.

After the Hunt:

  • Eggs that show cracks or damage, throw them away.
  • Dispose of eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
  • Do not eat hard boiled eggs longer than a week of refrigeration.

Tips provided by the Children's Accidental Prevention Program.