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Ensuring Your Facility's Safety

 
When parents drop their children off at child care they are trusting that the center has made proper provisions to ensure their children's safety.
In every child care setting there are a number of potential areas of danger that should be monitored daily to ensure children's safety.
 
Bedding Precautions
 
Any areas where children may nap need to be checked to ensure that they are safe.  All sleep areas should be free of blankets, pillows or soft toys that can present a risk of suffocation.
 
Cribs must meet federal safety guidelines for distance between the mattress and the rails, which should not exceed two finger widths, and space between the rails, which should not exceed 2 3/8 inches. Any drop sides should be in working order and there should be at least 26 inches between the top of the mattress and the raised crib rails.
 
Playground Maintenance
 
Playgrounds can pose a serious threat if they are not regularly monitored and maintained. Check daily to ensure that there is a minimum of 12 inches of ground cover on the playground to soften children's falls. If the ground cover is clumped or uneven, it should be raked to ensure uniform coverage.
 
Equipment should be checked for wear and tear, such as rough surfaces, broken pieces or splintering wood.
 
Electrocution Hazards
 
Ensure that all outlets have safety covers or devices. The use of extension cords should also be closely monitored, and cords should never be located in a place accessible to children. These cords can be easily damaged and can cause electrocution or fire.
 
Strangulation Hazards
 
The facility should be inspected daily to ensure that no strangulation hazards exist. Hanging blind cords, suspended signs or any other hanging object can pose a strangulation risk to children. Any hanging objects should be removed or raised to a height that children can not reach.
 
Cleanliness Concerns
 
The facility's cleanliness should be checked several times a day, and any areas that are not clean should be tended to immediately. Restrooms should be inspected to ensure that they are clean and fit for children's use. The hand-washing stations should be fully stocked so the children can wash their hands properly to avoid the spread of illness. Carpets and floors should be swept to ensure that no dirt or small objects pose any danger.
 
Recalled Products
 
Lastly, child care providers need to be aware of children's products that have been recalled because of safety concerns. If the facility contains a recalled product, it must be removed and returned to the manufacturer. The best way to stay abreast of product recalls is to check your current inventory and any potential new purchases on the Consumer Protection Safety Commission's (CPSC) website for recalls at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/
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