(A) The home shall provide furniture, materials, equipment, and an environment which are safe.
(1) Firearms and ammunition materials shall be kept in locked storage areas and shall be stored separately away from the sight of children.
(2) The provider shall maintain an indoor temperature which will not fall below sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature goes above eighty-five degrees, fan ventilation or air conditioning shall be provided.
(3) Equipment, materials, and furniture shall be sturdy and safe; easy to clean and maintain; 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.
(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: protecting children from 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) Lawnmowers, sharp tools, machinery and other equipment shall not be used or stored where children have access to them.
(6) If area rugs are used, they shall have a nonskid backing and floor surfaces shall be maintained so as to not cause a tripping hazard.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.
(9) 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.
(10) Hot tubs or spas shall not be used by the children and shall be inaccessible to them.
(11) Toys or other materials small enough to be swallowed shall be kept out of the reach of infants and toddlers.
(12) 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.
(13) Mercury thermometers shall not be used or stored where children have access to them.
(14) A pet or animal shall be permitted if it presents no apparent threat to the safety or health of the children.
(a) 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 for review by the county department of job and family services (CDJFS) representative.
(b) Children shall not be directly exposed to animal urine or feces.
(c) Caretakers shall be notified in writing as part of the JFS 01634 "Caretaker/Provider Agreement" (rev. 10/2010) what animals are kept on the property and whether or not children will have contact with the animals. If additional animals are to be available to children after the JFS 01634 is signed, the provider must notify each child's caretaker in writing. A copy of this notification shall also be submitted to the CDJFS and maintained in the provider's file.
(15) 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.
(16) 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.
(17) 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.
(18) The home shall contain a kitchen sink, refrigerator and stove or microwave oven in good working condition.
(19) 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.
(20) 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.
(21) Any children's equipment having straps shall be used in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines.
(22) Spray aerosols shall not be used when children are in attendance.
(23) The provider shall follow consumer product safety commission guidelines, as updated, regarding safe use of equipment.
(24) All utilities shall be operable.
(B) The home shall provide a clean environment and furniture, materials, and equipment which are sanitary.
(1) Toilet tissue, liquid soap, running water, individually assigned towels or disposable toweling shall be provided in all bathrooms. Toilets and bathroom sinks shall be in good working condition. Toilets shall be flushed after each use.
(2) Equipment, furnishings, and materials shall be constructed of materials to facilitate cleaning and shall be kept clean and in good repair. The cleaning and sanitizing schedule contained in appendix A to this rule shall be followed.
(3) Accumulated trash and garbage shall be stored outside of the outdoor or indoor play area and shall not be accessible to the children.
(4) The home shall be cleaned daily and kept in a sanitary condition at all times. Cleaning or sanitizing shall not take place while rooms are occupied by children, except for general clean up activities which are part of the daily routine.
(5) Wading pools shall be filtered or emptied daily, and portable wading pools shall be sanitized daily or more often if needed.
(C) The provider shall thoroughly wash his or her hands for at least fifteen seconds with liquid soap and running water:
(1) After toileting or assisting a child with toileting.
(2) After changing diaper or pull-ups.
(3) After contact with bodily fluids or cleaning up spills or objects contaminated with bodily fluids.
(4) After taking off disposable gloves.
(5) After cleaning or sanitizing or using any chemical products other than detergent.
(6) After handling pets, pet cages or other pet objects that have come in contact with the pet.
(7) Before eating, serving or preparing food or bottles or feeding a child.
(8) Before and after completing a medical procedure or administering medication.
(D) The child shall be instructed and assisted as needed, to wash their hands:
(1) After toileting.
(2) After contact with bodily fluids.
(3) After returning inside after outdoor play.
(4) After handling pets, pet cages or other pet objects that have come in contact with the pets.
(5) Before eating or assisting with food preparation.
(E) The home shall provide a smoke free environment for the children during the hours that child care is being provided.
(1) Smoking on the property during the hours that child care is being provided shall be permitted only if all of the following requirements are met:
(a) Smoking shall not occur within the home or attached building areas.
(b) Persons smoking cannot be seen by children, including children arriving or departing the home.
(c) The area where smoking is occurring is so far removed from the children being cared for that the children cannot inhale any smoke.
(2) Smoking may be permitted in the home or in vehicles used for transporting children during hours that the home is not providing child care if the provider has provided to the caretaker of each child enrolled a written notice that smoking occurs at the home or in the vehicle outside of operation hours.
(3) The provider shall not permit any person to smoke in a vehicle while it is occupied by children.
(4) The provider shall post in a conspicuous place at the main entrance of the home a notice stating that smoking is prohibited.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/31/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.011
Rule Amplifies: 5104.011
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