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Emergency Procedures for Group Child Care Facilities

When selecting a group child care facility, make sure staff have an emergency procedures policy in place. Ask for a printed copy of this information, if available. Also, ask specific questions about emergency readiness, such as:

  • Does the staff know the procedure to follow during an emergency? Are emergency numbers posted by the phones?
  • Is there a fire escape plan that is practiced regularly? Is the facility equipped with smoke alarms and fire extinguishers?
  • What is the policy for a medical emergency? Are there special release forms that need to be on file?
  • What procedures are followed if a child is infected with a severe contagious illness (such as meningitis)?
  • Are staff certified in first aid and CPR?
  • Is there an up-to-date parent contact list?

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedSeptember 14, 2012

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Last Updated: September 14, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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