Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

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

5.7 Maintenance

5.7.0 Maintenance of Exterior Surfaces

Porches, steps, stairs, and walkways should:

  1. Be maintained free from accumulations of water, ice, or snow;
  2. Have a non-slip surface;
  3. Be kept free of loose objects;
  4. Be in good repair;
  5. Be free of flaking paint.
Trip surfaces lead to injury. Flaking lead-based paint can be ingested in sufficient quantities to cause lead poisoning (1,2,3).
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RELATED STANDARDS Testing for and Remediating Lead Hazards
  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). What you should know about lead based paint in your home: Safety alert.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2005. Preventing lead poisoning in young children. Atlanta, GA: CDC.
  3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2010. The lead-safe certified guide to renovate right. Washington, DC: EPA.