Arizona Arizona

Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

Fire and Safety

A. An annual fire safety self-inspection shall be conducted by the provider. The inspection findings shall be recorded on Department approved forms and a copy of the report shall be timely submitted to the Department. In local fire districts requiring annual inspections by that fire authority, the provider shall also submit to the Department a copy of the local annual fire inspection report.

B. Smoke detectors shall be installed in all sleeping areas and hallways of the residential facility and shall be maintained in operable condition.

C. Smoke detector batteries shall be tested monthly. A record of the test shall be kept at the facility and shall be available for inspection.

D. Portable fire extinguishers which are approved by the State Fire Marshal shall be installed in the kitchen and in the activity areas primarily used for child care. Disposable fire extinguishers shall be discarded when the indicator reaches the red zone and all rechargeable extinguishers shall be serviced annually. The current inspection tag shall be attached to each fire extinguisher.

E. An evacuation plan shall be conspicuously posted and fire evacuation drills shall be held at least once a month at varying times of the day.

F. At least two unobstructed, usable exterior exits shall be available to enrolled children.

G. Enrolled infants and children under the age of seven years shall not be cared for below or above the facility's ground level unless there is an exit directly to the outside at that level.

H. The facility and facility grounds which are accessible to enrolled children, shall be designed, constructed and maintained in good repair and kept free of hazards.

I. Furnishing, equipment, supplies, materials, utensils, toys and facility grounds shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.

J. Firearms End ammunition shall be stored in a locked urea locked cabinet, or locked container inaccessible End out of view of children.

K. Stairways to levels or rooms not to be used by enrolled children shall be separated either by a door or gate which shall be kept closed during hours of operation.

L. Low glass windows, sliding doors, or other glass partitions shall either be made of tempered glass or have protective makings or other designation at a child's eye level.

M. At least one telephone which is not a pay telephone shall be readily available in the facility with emergency telephone numbers conspicuously posted on or beside it. These phone numbers shall include police, fire, 9-1-l, poison control, and the facility's telephone number and address.

N. All toxic and corrosive materials shall be kept in locked storage areas, cabinets, or containers;

O. Electrical outlets shall be covered when not in use. All appliances, lights, other items, or devices with frayed electrical cords shall be repaired, discarded, or stored in a locked area.

P. Extension cords shall not be used in place of permanent wiring. Electrical cords shall not hang in sight or in reach of children.

Q. Unused natural gas outlets shall have the valves removed and shall be capped at the wall or floor.

R. Gas lines shall be inspected and serviced as needed by a qualified professional but at least Annually.

S. Heating End cooling equipment shall not be accessible to enrolled children. Unvented or open-flume space heaters and electric portable heaters shall not be used.

T. All fireplaces shall be screened.

U. Fans shall be permanently mounted and placed out of reach of enrolled children.

V. The day care group home and its grounds shall be well illuminated.

W. Children shall not be allowed to play with ropes or on rope swings.

X. Poisonous plants shall be inaccessible to enrolled children.

Y. All irrigation ditches, abandoned mines, and wells shall be inaccessible to children.

Historical Note
Adopted as an emergency effective July 3,1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41 -1026, valid for only 90 days; Emergency rule readopted and amended effective September 28, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41 -1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-3).
Emergency rule readopted effective December 27, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41 -1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-41).
Emergency rule readopted effective April 3, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-2).
Emergency expired. Emergency rule readopted effective July 9, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-3). Emergency rule permanently adopted with changes effective October 4, 1990 (Supp.90-4).

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