Food allergy awarenessFood Allergy Awareness Week is May 12 – 19, 2019. Help make playgrounds a safe place to play for children with food allergies!

A stray goldfish cracker, a spilled latte or a messy peanut butter sandwich could be devastating to a child with severe food allergies. One in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy. Every three minutes, a reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

Please keep food and drink containing the top eight allergens (eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat) away from playgrounds where curious little ones are likely to encounter them. It is best to keep food within designated picnic areas. Wipe down your children’s hands and faces after they eat and before they play on the equipment. Hand sanitizing gel does not remove allergens.