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3 Easter Injuries to Avoid

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on April 03, 2015 10:11 AM

Easter is only a few days away! Are you ready?

Easter is a religious holiday for some people. For the rest of us, Easter means fluffy bunnies and chicks, candy, pretty decorated boiled eggs, and the vicious Easter egg hunt. Although, the Easter festivities aren't all fun and games. They can be fraught with hazards.

Here are three Easter injuries to avoid:

1. Food Poisoning

What's the point of making all those boiled and prettily dyed eggs, if you can't eat them? However, be careful of where and how long those eggs have been sitting out since they were boiled. Hard boiled eggs last for a week if refrigerated, but if they've been sitting as decorations on your picnic table, they'll only last a few hours.

Always check the condition of hard boiled Easter eggs before letting children eat any. And please, keep your artistic dyeing skills confined to eggs and stay away from those fluffy yellow chicks.

2. Nut Allergies

Nearly three million people in the United States are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Allergic reactions can range from itchiness to anaphylaxis.

You never know if any of the children at your Easter egg hunt may be allergic to nuts. Be sure to warn parents and children of the possibility of nuts in the candy. Even candies that don't have nuts as a main ingredient may be made in facilities that do process nuts. This could be enough to cause an allergic reaction in especially sensitive people.

If any egg hunt attendees do have an allergic reaction, call 911 immediately. Some people who have particularly severe allergies may carry around an EpiPen, filled with epinephrine. Be sure you know how the EpiPen works before you try to administer emergency medicine.

3. Slips, Falls, and Twisted Ankles

Children are amazingly nimble and resilient in their ability to run and tumble around without suffering any major injuries. We adults are more vulnerable with our more brittle bones and achy muscles. So, be careful when running around the lawn helping your children find Easter eggs. Uneven surfaces and gopher holes may be concealed by grass. Step wisely, or you may end up with a sprained or twisted ankle.

Be careful if you are hosting an egg hunt on your property, and you know of possible hazards on your property that could cause injury. You have a duty to take reasonable steps to assure the safety of invited guests. This doesn't mean you have to regrade your lawn to ensure that it's flat and level. Just take reasonable steps to warn egg hunters of possible perils with bright cones or flags.

If you do need to sue the Easter bunny for any Easter-related injuries, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help.

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