Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

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

5.7 Maintenance

5.7.0

5.7.0.10: Cleaning of Humidifiers and Related Equipment


Humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air-handling equipment that involve water should be cleaned and disinfected according to manufacturers’ instructions.
RATIONALE
These appliances provide comfort by controlling the amount of moisture in the indoor air. To get the most benefit, the facility should follow all instructions. If the facility does not follow recommended care and maintenance guidelines, microorganisms may be able to grow in the water and become airborne, which may lead to respiratory problems (1).
COMMENTS
For additional information, contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
REFERENCES
  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC issues alert about care of room humidifiers: Safety alert. Dirty humidifiers may cause health problems. http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121804/5046.pdf.