Safety in a daycare setting
Of course, safety should be a priority when you are planning or reorganizing your daycare setup. Whether you will be opening your daycare shortly or have been an early childhood educator for many years, here are a few important reminders:
- Stairs: Steps should be slip-resistant, vertical risers should be closed, railings should be at children's level, and balusters should comply with the law (less than 6 cm between each one). A non-removable gate should also be installed at the top of the stairs.
- Windows: Beware of blind cords (strangulation hazard) and curtains that are too long and therefore hang too close to a heat source.
- Safety devices: Use them everywhere! They should be present on door handles, electrical outlets, cupboards, drawers, etc. Don't forget to use adhesive cord covers that keep electrical wires away from little hands.
- Medicine: All types of medicine should be kept in a specific cabinet, out of children's reach. Avoid locking your medicine cabinet for quick access.
- Toxic products and cleaning products: Keep them in a locked closet or cupboard at all times.
- Fire: Install one or several smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher. Prepare and practice your evacuation plan. Use protection devices designed for electric baseboard heaters to avoid tiny objects being inserted and causing a fire.
- Furniture: Purchase sturdy items and secure them against a wall if they are heavy and/or tall. Corners should be rounded or covered with protectors.
- Hanging items: Use adhesive putty instead of nails and thumbtacks to hang pictures and/or decorations. Double-sided tape can also be used to keep items from falling down.
- Plants: Be sure that no toxic plants are present.
- Other decorations: Avoid trinkets and other useless decorative items within your daycare. Use only unbreakable mirrors. Avoid hanging heavy items from the ceiling (they could harm a child if they fall).
Interior designer, Créations Addap
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