Child Safety in Childcare

Electrical fixtures and outlets
Children are great explorers, rarely missing anything. Unfortunately, their curiosity can be dangerous if care providers aren't prepared. Electrical outlets can be directly in the line of sight for a child crawling around or playing on the floor.
Evacuation plans and drills for emergencies
Most states require every childcare facility to have an evacuation plan posted and drills to rehearse the proper procedures. Even family daycares must have a plan of action in case of fire or other emergencies.
Fire safety
Every childcare provider needs a plan in case of fires. This plan should include a posted map marking exits and routes for evacuation. Another important part of the plan is preparing children for these emergencies.
Keeping firearms safe
Does your childcare provider keep firearms on the premises (prim-is-sis)? While most states require a gun-free atmosphere in public centers, guns are allowed in family daycare homes.
Lead poisoning
Children under six are every susceptible to lead (led) poisoning. Lead can be found throughout the environment: from plumbing pipes or deteriorating paint in the soil, or in paint dust generated during a home or daycare center's renovation.
Pets and children
Some family daycare homes have pets. Before hiring a caregiver with animals, ask to see the pets' current shot records, and discuss how much contact your child will have with them.
Poisonous substances
To comply with state safety procedures, daycare centers and family daycare homes must demonstrate that they've provided safe storage for all poisonous substances.
Small objects and toys
Toys are an important part of a child's day. Some toys can present a danger to children, so many states regulate the types of toys allowed in daycare centers.
Water temperatures
Tap water can reach temperatures high enough to scald and burn children. It's important for childcare facilities to clearly label faucet handles so even non-readers can distinguish between hot and cold.

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