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Securing premises for child safety

Premises safety involves not just protecting people, but children as well.

Those who own property in Alabama know how important it is to make sure it is built and designed in a way that satisfies safety laws and regulations. Designing a space in such a way as to prevent slips and falls and to have every area well-lit are a couple examples of things that improve the safety of the people accessing that area. One thing, however, that many people may not consider, is if the space is safe for children who may be passing through or using it.

Safety requirements for childcare providers

For those who provide care for children, there are actually guidelines set forth by the Notional Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance. The following list is not complete but does contain some of the most important of these requirements:

· Anything heavy that could tip over, such as a television, bookshelf or chest, should be secured so that it does not accidentally fall on a child.

· Any lead-containing paint cannot be present where children are allowed, and paint should not be flaking off anywhere in the building.

· Rusty or loose parts or protruding objects like nails or splinters that could potentially cut a child or catch his or her clothing should be removed.

· All dangerous equipment of any kind must always be kept in an area that is inaccessible to children.

· If an area is elevated and somebody could potentially fall and hurt him or herself, it must be secured in such a way that properly guards children from falling.

· It is also possible to a child to get his or her limbs or head caught in the right sized opening. Precautions should be taken to prevent this.

In addition, it is also important that all furnishings, materials, and equipment are in good repair, are safe and are sturdy.

Childproofing a home

While the government provides some assistance with it requirements for child safety which serve as a guideline, there are still more things that people can do to keep living spaces safe for children as well. Windows that can open should be closed and securely latched. Many children are injured every year from falling out a window. Another good tip is to keep kids away from fireplaces, stoves, space heaters and any other source of heat that could potentially burn them. Covering ele3ctrical outlets is another way to prevent children from electrocuting themselves.

If someone in Alabama has a child who ended up injured while at another person’s home or property, or while being taken care of by a childcare provider, it is still possible to get financial compensation. The tragedy of finding one’s child to be hurt does no9t need to be a financial drain as well. It may be possible for a local attorney who practices personal injury law to help get a just result in such cases.