Planning ahead for Easter
Easter is one of the pivotal moments in the Church's calendar
Planning Easter events
Even in Ireland, Easter can mark the beginning of some decent spring weather, so many churches take the opportunity to hold fund-raising activities such as sales and fètes.
Ensure the venue is suitable
Risk assessments must be carried out for fire and health and safety risks.
Consider crowd control
Including parking arrangements, having stewards to direct visitors, checking exits and deciding how visitors will be evacuated in an emergency.
Plan first aid provision
This will be based on the numbers attending and the nature of the activities. It may range from a simple first aid box to a number of trained first-aiders.
Consider food and drink provision
Food hygiene and food safety regulations must be considered. Where cooking takes place, a check should be made on the method of heating and its associated hazards, e.g bottled gas and deep fat fryers.
Take care with bouncy castles
These can be a major cause of injury to children. Read our safety advice and instructions if you're planning one for your event.
Check external contractors
Companies providing fairground rides or amusements must have adequate public liability insurance. It is your duty to check this before the event.