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Section 7.5.
Procedures for Emergencies

A. The center shall have an emergency evacuation plan that addresses staff responsibility with respect to:

  1. Sounding of fire alarms and notification of local authorities;

  2. Evacuation procedures including assembly points, head counts, primary and secondary means of egress, and checking to ensure complete evacuation of the buildings;

  3. Fire containment procedures, e.g., closing of fire doors or other barriers; and

  4. Other special procedures developed with local authorities.

B. Emergency evacuation procedures shall be posted in a location conspicuous to staff and children on each floor of each building of the center.

C. The center shall implement these emergency evacuation procedures through monthly practice drills and shall maintain a record of the dates of the monthly drills for one year. For centers offering multiple shifts, the evacuation procedures shall be divided evenly among the various shifts.

D. A generic emergency number such as 911 shall be posted in a conspicuous place near each telephone. If a generic number is not available, the following numbers shall be posted near each phone:

  1. A physician or hospital;

  2. An ambulance or rescue squad service;

  3. The local fire department; and

  4. The local police department.

E. The number of a regional poison control center shall be posted in a conspicuous place near each phone.

F. If an ambulance service is not readily available within 10 to 15 minutes, other transportation shall be available at all times in case of emergency.

G. The center or other appropriate official shall notify the parent immediately if a child is lost, experiences a serious accident, needs emergency medical care, or dies. The center shall notify the parent at the end of the day of any known minor accidents or injuries.

NOTE: Examples of a serious accident might include unconsciousness; broken bones; deep cut requiring stitches; concussion; foreign object lodged in eye, nose, ear, or other body orifice. Examples of a minor accident might include a small scratch, cut or scrape; minor bruise or discoloration of the skin.

H. The center shall maintain a written record of children's injuries in which entries are made the day of occurrence. The record shall include the following:

  1. Date and time of injury;

  2. Name of injured child;

  3. Type of injury;

  4. Circumstances of the injury;

  5. Names of staff present during the injury;

  6. Treatment; and

  7. Method of notifying parents.
7.5. Procedures for emergencies.

A. The center shall have an emergency evacuation plan that addresses staff responsibility with respect to:

  1. Sounding of fire alarms and notification of local authorities;

  2. Evacuation procedures including assembly points, head counts, primary and secondary means of egress, and checking to ensure complete evacuation of the buildings;

  3. Fire containment procedures, e.g., closing of fire doors or other barriers; and

  4. Other special procedures developed with local authorities.

B. Emergency evacuation procedures shall be posted in a location conspicuous to staff and children on each floor of each building of the center.

C. The center shall implement these emergency evacuation procedures through monthly practice drills and shall maintain a record of the dates of the monthly drills for one year. For centers offering multiple shifts, the evacuation procedures shall be divided evenly among the various shifts.

D. A generic emergency number such as 911 shall be posted in a conspicuous place near each telephone. If a generic number is not available, the following numbers shall be posted near each phone:

  1. A physician or hospital;

  2. An ambulance or rescue squad service;

  3. The local fire department; and

  4. The local police department.

E. The number of a regional poison control center shall be posted in a conspicuous place near each phone.

F. If an ambulance service is not readily available within 10 to 15 minutes, other transportation shall be available at all times in case of emergency.

G. The center or other appropriate official shall notify the parent immediately if a child is lost, experiences a serious accident, needs emergency medical care, or dies. The center shall notify the parent at the end of the day of any known minor accidents or injuries.

NOTE: Examples of a serious accident might include unconsciousness; broken bones; deep cut requiring stitches; concussion; foreign object lodged in eye, nose, ear, or other body orifice. Examples of a minor accident might include a small scratch, cut or scrape; minor bruise or discoloration of the skin.

H. The center shall maintain a written record of children's injuries in which entries are made the day of occurrence. The record shall include the following:

  1. Date and time of injury;

  2. Name of injured child;

  3. Type of injury;

  4. Circumstances of the injury;

  5. Names of staff present during the injury;

  6. Treatment; and

  7. Method of notifying parents.


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