Easter Service Safetyplanning ahead // on Thursday April 2, 2015
Easter is one of the busiest days on the church calendar, and with the holiday just a few short days away, now is a good time to begin preparations if you haven’t already done so.
Most churches will have larger attendance numbers this weekend and will host numerous activities, including additional services, Easter egg hunts, and maybe even an Easter brunch or other holiday meal. With all of these extra events going on during this big upcoming weekend, it is important to review your safety and risk management procedures. Consider the suggestions and tips below for keeping members, visitors and staff safe.
- Parking Lot and Walking Surfaces – Make sure parking lots, sidewalks and other walking surfaces are in good condition. Look for any potential hazards, such as pot holes, loose handrails or inadequate lighting. This will reduce the risk of potential trips and falls. Also ensure that speed bumps, parking stops and curbs are vividly marked with a contrasting paint color.
- Volunteers and Security – Any security, off-duty officers or volunteer parking lot attendants being utilized during the weekend should wear bright and reflective clothing to increase their visibility. Directing traffic and assisting pedestrians can help reduce chaos and prevent any confusion. Outside security should look for any suspicious activity and quickly communicate any concerns. Also, be sure that your indoor security and ushers are following proper procedures.
- Emergencies – Prior to the weekend, review all fire or other disaster evacuation plans and emergency protocol. Be sure all First Aid kits are stocked and, if applicable, defibrillators have been checked.
- Nurseries and Sunday School Rooms – Inspect children’s areas for any dangers, such as unprotected electrical outlets, unsecured supply cabinets or unanchored furniture. The busy weekend can bring in a large influx of children, so make sure you have an adequate number of staff scheduled.
- Decorations and Special Performances – There is a long history and tradition behind having lit candles in church. However, using them opens the church to risk for a potentially devastating fire. If you use lit candles as Easter decorations, or plan a special performance that includes lit candles or other exposed flames, make sure they are kept away from flammable materials and never left unsupervised. In addition, make sure you have the correct fire extinguisher on hand in case an emergency occurs.
From all of us here at GuideOne Connections, we wish you a safe and happy Easter.