May 15, 2019

Applies to: All Operations Types – Child-Placing Agencies, General Residential Operations, Licensed Child Care Centers, Before or After-School Programs, School-Age Programs, Licensed Child Care Homes, Registered Child Care Homes, Listed Family Homes, Shelter Care, Small Employer-Based Child Care

As summer approaches we need to be mindful of children’s exposure to heat and outdoor elements. Child Care Licensing would like to share a few safety reminders to ensure you are taking extra precautions during summer activities.

Water Safety

  • Never leave children alone around water whether it is in a pool, wading pool, drainage ditch, creek, pond, or lake.
  • Constantly watch children who are swimming or playing in water. A certified lifeguard must be on duty at all times.
  • Secure access to swimming pools. Use fences, self-closing and latching gates.
  • Store water toys away from the water when not in use so they don’t attract a small child.
  • Caregiver ratios for water activities are based on the youngest child in care.
  • Be ready for emergencies. Keep emergency telephone numbers handy and have up to date CPR training.
  • Make sure small children cannot leave the house through pet doors or unlocked doors to access pools or hot tubs.
  • Weak and non-swimmers should wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Transportation Safety

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
    1. rear-facing car safety seats as long as possible;
    2. forward-facing car safety seats from the time they outgrow rear-facing seats for most children through at least 4 years of age;
    3. belt-positioning booster seats from the time they outgrow forward-facing seats for most children through at least 8 years of age; and
    4. lap and shoulder seat belts for all who have outgrown booster seats.
  • Never leave children unattended in the car.
  • Walk and check the inside of the vehicle, both in and under each seat and utilize your vehicle’s child safety alarm, if applicable.
  • Never leave your car keys where children can get them.
  • Keep car doors and trunks locked at all times, even in the garage or driveway.
  • Use reminders that a child is in the back seat. Leave something you need in the back seat, like your purse or phone or leave a stuffed animal or toy in the front seat.
  • Talk to children about the dangers of playing around cars and watch them closely when they’re around cars.

Poison Safety

  • Plants- If you are allergic to poison ivy or poison oak, touching it can cause blisters on your skin. Remember the phrase, “Leaves of three, let it be”.
  • Snake Bites- If a poisonous snake bites you or someone you know, immediately call the Poison Help Line 1-800-222- 1222.
  • Spider Bites- Most spider bites do not cause harm, but some can cause people to become ill. Beware of female black widow and brown recluse bites.

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