Anytime you have guests over for an event, safety and comfort should be primary concerns. This checklist can help you plan a safe Easter egg hunt and celebration:
Care for Your HVAC System
The last thing you want is for your HVAC system to break down during your party. Check the air filter a few days before and replace it if it’s dirty. It’s also a good idea to contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors to schedule a tune-up beforehand if you suspect your system needs attention before the party.
Practice Food Safety
Practice food safety habits to have a safe Easter egg hunt. The safest eggs to handle are hard-boiled that have been refrigerated shortly after cooking. Bacteria in and on food multiply at temperatures between 40 degrees and 140 degrees F.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you should refrigerate food within two hours to keep it safe. That means you’ll have two hours to decorate the eggs before refrigerating them and two hours for the eggs to sit at room temperature for the Easter egg hunt. Of course, plastic Easter eggs are a good option for your hunt.
Easter candy doesn’t need to be refrigerated, although chocolate will melt between 86 and 90 degrees.
Safe Hiding Spots
When you hide Easter eggs, choose locations where the children will easily find them. The last thing you want as time goes on is an egg, or the candy inside a fake one, rotting in your home or yard. Do not hide the eggs in the ductwork, around the air conditioner’s outdoor condenser, or anywhere near the air handler. After the party is over, walk around the house and yard and pick up any undiscovered eggs.
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature will help you have a safe Easter egg hunt, as will making sure the eggs aren’t held at room temperature more than two hours. To schedule your HVAC inspection, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, providing HVAC services for Monmouth area homeowners.