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Safety Tips for A Happy Easter

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Community Safety Tips for A Happy Easter Happy Easter from SERVPRO of Gilbert

With Easter celebrations around the corner, ensure family and friends have a safe holiday. This requires just a bit of awareness and planning.  According to National Safety, Inc. there are several things to consider you might have never thought of before, that can ensure a safe holiday celebration.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Possibly forgo a gift of a live animal. While animals such as bunnies, chicks and ducks may be cute and cuddly, they don’t make good gifts.  These animals carry bacteria that can make your child sick as they can carry salmonella and other illnesses.  Children are more likely to get sick due to their non-fully developed immune systems.  Make it a general rule that when your children touch any type of pet, they wash their hands immediately.

Symptoms of Salmonella can show up one to three days after playing with an infected animal, your child may have fever, diarrhea or stomach pain.  Nausea, chills, & headaches are also possible.  This usually lasts about a week.  Children. Elderly and people with weakened immune systems usually have worst symptoms.

In addition not only is the safety of your child a concern but so is the safety of the pet.  If a child doesn’t hold an animal properly, they can potentially hurt the fragile animal by breaking their back or kill the baby animal by mishandling it. 

Practice a bit of caution when hiding easter eggs.

  • Do not hide the eggs near an electrical outlet or plugs
  • Do not hide the eggs in, on, under or around glass
  • Keeps eggs at or below eye level of children
  • Keep count and track the eggs you hid.

If outside:

  • Do not hide eggs in pre-existing holes in the ground.
  • Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns or look potentially dangerous and poisonous.
  • Do not hide eggs in any animal’s home, food bowl or play area.
  • Do not place eggs where pesticides or poisons have been placed.
  • Throw away eggs that have cracks or damage.

Be aware of the possible bacteria and eggs. Eggs are potentially hazardous food as they are in the same category as meat, poultry, fish and milk.  In other words, they are capable of supporting rapid growth of disease causing bacteria like salmonella.

  • Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/ painting, they must be kept refrigerated until time to boil. Never leave 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.
  • For eggs used as decoration and table center pieces should be discarded and not eaten.
  • When you boil eggs, use only clean, unbroken and cracked eggs. Set the water to boil at (185-190 degrees F) and boil for at least 12 minutes.  Add a tablespoon of salt to make egg peeling a breeze!
  • Cool you eggs in cold water or just in the air.
  • Cleanliness of hands, workspace and utensils is important between cooking, cooling and dyeing.
  • Wash hands regularly, along with utensils and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before handling

Adhere to proper cooking temps when cooking Easter dinner. Fully cooked hams may be heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit at an oven temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.  It also may be served cold.  Fresh (raw) hams should be cooked to internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lamb and beef should be cooked 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.

 Keep your furry friends safe!

  • Keep Easter basket grass and foil candy wrappers away from pets.
  • Did you know that all parts of the Lilly flower family are toxic to felines? Yep, keep those Lilly’s away!
  • Chocolate is not good either. They cause accelerated heart rate, constriction of arteries, increased heart rate and central nervous system/ cardiac muscle stimulation.  These effects can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity.  Cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death can result if chocolate ingestion is not found within four to six hours and treated appropriately.

From our SERVPRO family to yours, have a Happy Easter!

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