Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

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

5.2 Quality of the Outdoor and Indoor Environment

5.2.1 Ventilation, Heating, Cooling, and Hot Water Barriers/Guards for Heating Equipment and Units

Heating equipment and units, including hot water heating pipes and baseboard heaters with a surface temperature hotter than 120°F, should be made inaccessible to children by barriers such as guards, protective screens, or other devices.
A mechanical barrier separating the child from the source of heat can reduce the likelihood of burns (1,2).
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Heating and Ventilation Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Portable Electric Space Heaters Fireplaces, Fireplace Inserts, and Wood/Corn Pellet Stoves
  1. Ytterstad, B., G. S. Smith, C. A. Coggan. 1998. Harstad injury prevention study: Prevention of burns in young children by community based interventions. Inj Prev 4:176-80.
  2. McLoughlin, E., C. J. Vince, A. M. Lee, et al. 1982. Project burn prevention: Outcomes and implications. Am J Public Health 72: