Childproofing the Classroom

Tips to creating a safe learning environment

With school back in session, many pre-school, kindergarten and elementary school teachers are investing their time in classroom safety as well as lesson plans.

According to Safe Kids USA, an estimated 14 million children are unintentionally injured each year – with as many as 25 percent of those incidents occurring in and around schools. Educational leaders can prevent some of these incidents by childproofing all classrooms to help eliminate potential hazards.
Here are a few tips to help create a safer classroom environment.

  • Keep the floor clear of debris and check carpets for push pins, staples or other sharp items which can cause injury.
  • Make sure all electrical outlets are securely covered.
  • Check furniture for structural stability and loose or protruding screws, nails, hinges, latches or other hardware. Sharp edges and corners should be sanded down.
  • Bookshelves and chests should be securely bolted to walls so they will not topple over if a child tries to climb them.
  • Radios, televisions and electrical or audiovisual equipment should be anchored on a shelf or table with the cord out of children’s reach.
  • Toys and blocks should be regularly washed and disinfected, as well as inspected for broken or loose pieces.
  • Finally, check windows for secure locks and broken glass and make sure all furniture, desks and toys are moved away from the window area.

Because of potential cord dangers, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is urging educators to install only cordless window coverings in early education classrooms.  Parents and teachers wishing to learn more about window-cord safety should visit the WCSC website at www.windowcoverings.org

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The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings dedicated to educating consumers about window cord safety. The Council also assists and supports its members in the industry’s ongoing efforts to encourage the use of cordless products in homes with young children, its redesign of corded products, and its support of the national ANSI/WCMA standard for corded window coverings.  WCSC’s activities in no way constitute an assumption of any legal duty owed by its members or any other entity.