Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health

5.1 Overall Requirements

5.1.1 General Location, Layout and Construction of the Facility Compliance with Fire Prevention Code

Every twelve months, the child care facility should obtain written documentation to submit to the regulatory licensing authority that the facility complies with a state-approved or nationally recognized Fire Prevention Code. If available, this documentation should be obtained from a fire prevention official with jurisdiction where the facility is located. Where fire safety inspections or a Fire Prevention Code applicable to child care centers is not available from local authorities, the facility should arrange for a fire safety inspection by an inspector who is qualified to conduct such inspections using the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 101: Life Safety Code.
Regular fire safety checks by trained officials will ensure that a child care facility continues to meet all applicable fire safety codes. NFPA 101: Life Safety Code addresses child care facilities in two chapters devoted exclusively to this occupancy – chapter 16, “New Day-Care Occupancies” and chapter 17, “Existing Day-Care Occupancies” (1).
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