ERIC Number: ED429727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Safety Hazards in Child Care Settings. CPSC Staff Study.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC.
Each year, thousands of children in child care settings are injured seriously enough to need emergency medical treatment. This national study identified potential safety hazards in 220 licensed child care settings in October and November 1998. Eight product areas were examined: cribs, soft bedding, playground surfacing, playground surface maintenance, child safety gates, window blind cords, drawstrings on children's clothing, and recalled children's products. Participating child care centers were located in the eastern, central, or western United States and were selected randomly, when possible, from regional or national lists of licensed child care providers. A prepared checklist was used to observe conditions related to the eight product areas. The findings indicated that two-thirds of the child care settings exhibited at least one of the targeted safety hazards. The most commonly seen hazards were the use of clothing with drawstrings at the neck (38 percent of settings), lack of safe playground surfacing (24 percent) or adequate maintenance (27 percent), and the use of window blind cords with loops (26 percent). Fewer settings had cribs that did not meet current safety standards (8 percent), cribs with soft bedding (19 percent), lack of child safety gates (13 percent), and the use of recalled products (5 percent). A review of state licensing requirements revealed that most of the hazards examined in this study are not adequately addressed. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Safety, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, Hazardous Materials, National Surveys, Safety, Young Children
Web site: http://www.cpsc.gov/library/ccstudy.html
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC.