Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

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

5.7 Maintenance

5.7.0

5.7.0.6: Storage Area Maintenance and Ventilation


Storage areas should have appropriate lighting and be kept clean. If the area is a storage room, the area should be mechanically ventilated to the outdoors when chemicals or a janitorial sink are present.
RATIONALE
Spilled items must be removed to promote health and safety. Spilled dry foods could attract rodent and insects. Chemicals and janitorial supplies can build up toxic fumes that can leak into occupied areas if they are not ventilated to the outdoors (1).
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
REFERENCES
  1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. An introduction to indoor air quality. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html.