Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

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

5.7 Maintenance

5.7.0

5.7.0.1: 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.
RATIONALE
Trip surfaces lead to injury. Flaking lead-based paint can be ingested in sufficient quantities to cause lead poisoning (1,2,3).
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS
5.2.9.13 Testing for Lead
REFERENCES
  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). What you should know about lead based paint in your home: Safety alert. https://chemlinks.beloit.edu/classes/Chem117/lead/CPSC5054.pdf
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2005. Preventing lead poisoning in young children. Atlanta, GA: CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/prevleadpoisoning.pdf.
  3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2010. The lead-safe certified guide to renovate right. Washington, DC: EPA. http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovaterightbrochure.pdf.