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Safety of Equipment, Materials, and Furnishings

Equipment, materials, furnishings, and play areas should be sturdy, safe, in good repair, and meet the recommendations of the CPSC. Programs should attend to, including, but not limited to, the following safety hazards:

a) Openings that could entrap a child's head or limbs;
b) Elevated surfaces that are inadequately guarded;
c) Lack of specified surfacing and fall zones under and around climbable equipment;
d) Mismatched size and design of equipment for the intended users;
e) Insufficient spacing between equipment;
f) Tripping hazards;
g) Components that can pinch, sheer, or crush body tissues;
h) Equipment that is known to be of a hazardous type;
i) Sharp points or corners;
j) Splinters;
k) Protruding nails, bolts, or other parts that could entangle clothing or snag skin;
l) Loose, rusty parts;
m) Hazardous small parts that may become detached during normal use or reasonably foreseeable abuse of the equipment and that present a choking, aspiration, or ingestion hazard to a child;
n) Strangulation hazards (e.g., straps, strings, etc.);
o) Flaking paint;
p) Paint that contains lead or other hazardous materials; and
q) Tip-over hazards, such as chests, bookshelves, and televisions.

Plastic bags that are large enough to pose a suffocation risk as well as matches, candles, and lighters should not be accessible to children.

Topic:Health Services Management

Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

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