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Childproofing Your Childcare Facility

Posted by Kayla Eggert on Nov 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM

As a childcare provider, keeping kids safe is the most important part of your job. Sometimes it can be easy to overlook smaller things like childproofing and focus on larger issues, such as fire and playground safety. However, these smaller items can be just as hazardous and are often the most cited licensing violations at facilities. It’s important to regularly go through the center or home and make sure every area is completely safe for children.babies

Here’s a short list of childproofing items that should be checked regularly.

  • Window blind pull strings are secured out of reach.
  • All outlets are protected.
  • Any hazardous chemicals or anything labeled “Keep out of reach of children” are stored in a locked cabinet.
  • Stairs are blocked off with sturdy gates or doors.
  • Changing tables have useable straps to secure infants.
  • No small choking hazards are within reach of children.
  • Toys are clean and in good condition.

Check out this website for an even more comprehensive list.

Another very important part of ensuring the entire facility is safe for children is making sure shelves and other large pieces of furniture are secured to walls or to the floor. We’ve seen many tragic injuries when these large items tip over on children. Read through our safety article for more information on securing heavy furniture and add that to your facility’s checklist.

Topics: Child Safety, Childcare

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