5101:2-14-12 Safe equipment and environment for a licensed type B home provider.

(A) Safe environment:

(1) Firearms and ammunition materials shall be kept in locked storage areas and shall be stored separately from each other and away from the sight of children.

(2) The licensed type B home provider shall maintain an indoor temperature of at least sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature goes above eighty-five degrees, fan ventilation or air conditioning shall be provided.

(3) The home shall have both hot and cold running water. The temperature of the hot water shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit unless the provider demonstrates that the hot water faucet can be made inaccessible or inoperable when children are in care.

(4) Children in care shall be protected from any items and conditions which threaten their health, safety, and well being, including but not limited to: stoves, bodies of water, window covering pull cords, telephone cords, electrical cords/extension cords, asbestos, lead hazards, wells, traffic, provider's personal belongings, lawn mowers, tools and machinery and other hazards.

(5) If area rugs are used, they shall have a nonskid backing and floor surfaces shall be maintained to not cause a tripping hazard.

(6) If gates are used in the home, they shall be firmly anchored when in use. Gates at the top of stairs shall be wall mounted. Gates shall have no spaces where a child could become entrapped. Accordion style gates shall not be used.

(7) Handles of pots and pans placed on top of a stove or oven shall be directed inward so they are not easily accessible to children.

(8) Toys or other materials small enough to be swallowed shall be kept out of the reach of infants and toddlers.

(9) Cleaning and sanitizing equipment and supplies shall be stored in a space that is inaccessible to children. Cleaning agents, aerosol cans, and all other chemical substances shall be stored in a designated area in their original containers and/or clearly labeled.

(10) Mercury thermometers shall not be used and shall not be stored where children have access to them.

(11) Electrical outlets, including surge protectors, within the reach of children shall have child proof receptacle covers when not in use, except for homes which serve school children exclusively.

(12) The provider shall ensure that there are no exposed light bulbs in any area of the home where child care is provided that could shatter or otherwise pose a risk to children. This does not include small, cool to the touch lights, such as holiday lights and window candle lights or lights that are designed to be uncovered.

(13) Unless toilets and sinks are of suitable height for use by the children, the home shall provide a sturdy, nonslip platform on which the children may stand.

(14) The home shall contain a kitchen sink, refrigerator and stove or microwave oven in good working condition.

(15) Lawnmowers, sharp tools, machinery and other equipment shall not be used or stored where children have access to them.

(16) All areas used by children shall be ventilated. All doors and windows must be screened when used for ventilation and shall be in good repair to prevent rodents and/or insects.

(17) Spray aerosols shall not be used when children are in attendance.

(18) All utilities shall be operable.

(19) Hot tubs or spas shall not be used by the children and shall be inaccessible to them.

(B) Safe equipment:

(1) Equipment, materials, and furniture shall be sturdy, safe, and easy to clean and maintain. They shall also be free of sharp points or corners, splinters, or protruding nails; loose or rusty parts; paint which contains lead or other poisonous materials; or other hazardous features.

(2) Furniture, equipment and materials which are not usable due to breakage or being a hazard shall be removed immediately and stored away from children until repaired.

(3) The home's air conditioners, heat pumps, electric fans, and electric space heaters shall be mounted or placed out of the children's reach or have safeguards which prevent children from being injured.

(4) Indoor swings (excluding infant swings), slides, climbers, and climbing apparatus shall not be placed over concrete, tile, or any similarly hard surface. There shall be shock absorbent protective covering under and around this equipment. The protective covering shall be used and placed according to manufacturers' guidelines.

(5) The provider shall not allow children in care to use trampolines.

(6) Any children's equipment having straps shall be used in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines.

(7) The provider shall follow consumer product safety commission guidelines, as updated, regarding safe use of equipment.

(C) Pets:

(1) A pet or animal shall be permitted if it presents no apparent threat to the safety or health of the children.

(2) All pets shall be properly housed, cared for, licensed and inoculated. All local and state ordinances governing the keeping of animals (exotic or domesticated) shall be followed. Verification of license and compliance with local and state requirements and inoculations, for each pet requiring such license or inoculations, or regulated by local or state government shall be on file at the provider's home.

(3) Children shall not be directly exposed to animal urine or feces inside the home or in the outdoor play area.

Replaces: 5101:2-14-19

Effective: 01/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.018
Rule Amplifies: 5104.018
Prior Effective Dates: 4/1/82, 5/20/83, 9/1/86, 2/15/88, 5/1/89, 10/15/96, 10/1/97 (Emer.), 12/30/97, 4/1/03, 8/14/08, 12/1/09, 7/1/11