Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
5.1 Overall Requirements
5.1.6 Exterior Areas
Note to Reader: See Chapter 6 for Outdoor Play Area Requirements
18.104.22.168: Areas Used by Children for Wheeled Vehicles
The area used by children for wheeled vehicles should have a flat, smooth, non-slippery surface. A physical barrier should separate this area from the following:
- Delivery areas;
- Hallways used as fire exits;
- Pools and other areas containing water.
RATIONALEUneven or slippery riding surfaces can lead to injury (1). Physical separation from environmental obstacles is necessary to prevent potential collision, injuries, falls, and drowning.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS22.214.171.124 Construction and Maintenance of Walkways
126.96.36.199 Drainage of Paved Surfaces
188.8.131.52 Walking Surfaces
- U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). 2003. Child care center design guide. New York: GSA Public Buildings Service, Office of Child Care. http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/pbs/designguidesmall.pdf.