Avoiding Classroom Accidents

Parents of school aged children have “back to school” on
their minds. There will be adjustments as children meet a new teacher and get
back into the routine of daily lessons. Principles, school district employees,
and teachers will also be thinking about how to avoid classroom accidents. The
best ways to avoid classroom accidents are to create
a safe environment
, supervise appropriately, and teach safety skills.
Removing potential hazards from the classroom environment ranks as the most
critical factor in avoiding classroom accidents; a safe environment also frees
the teacher to focus on teaching and bonding with the children.

How to Create a Safe
Classroom Environment

Entrances and Exits

?? All steps and entrance ramps should have sturdy
handrails with a bar each for adults and children.

?? Doors should remain unlocked during open hours.

?? Hallways should be well lit and free of
excessive clutter.

Windows

?? Low windows are a safety hazard. Create a
barrier in front of them by securing plastic safety gate panels to the walls to
form a "fence" in front of the windows.

?? Alternately, you can keep windows locked or
attach window guards that limit the distance a window may open. To prevent head
entrapment, windows should not open more than 3 1/2".

Floors

?? Floors and floor coverings should be clean and kept
free of debris or tripping hazards. Check for small, sharp objects such as
nails, pins, and staples that may not be easily visible.

?? Use carpet tape or rubber backing to prevent
rugs from curling or slipping.

?? Inspect corners and under furniture for
paperclips, toys, and other small items.

Walls

?? Inspect walls, wall coverings, bulletin boards,
and heat sources, and pictures for potential hazards.

?? All electrical outlets should be securely
covered when not in use.

?? Pictures and wall decorations should be laminated
or framed in lightweight plastic frames and securely fastened to the walls.

?? Keep flammable items well away from heat
sources.

?? Bulletin boards should be securely fastened to
walls with screws or other hardware installed into the wall studs.

Ceilings

?? If your classroom has removable ceiling tiles,
check to be sure all are securely in place.

?? Check for signs of leaks and notify maintenance.

?? Light fixtures should be properly wired and well
secured to the ceiling.

?? Smoke detectors should be tested monthly.

?? Only hang very lightweight items from the
ceiling such as paper artwork.

Furniture

?? Check furniture for loose or protruding screws,
nails, hinges, latches, or broken hardware.

?? Furniture should have rounded edges and corners
and be painted with non-lead based paint.

?? Sand surfaces that are rough or splintered and
repair cracks.

?? Check doors, legs, joints, and other parts to
ensure they are screwed in tightly and are stable.

?? Shelves, dressers, and storage cabinets should
be securely bolted to walls so they will not fall, even if a child tries to
climb it.

?? Furniture such as bookshelves should be short
and have wide bases to help prevent toppling. Keep heavy items on the bottom
shelf.

?? Install child stoppers on drawers and cupboards
but know that older children can easily open them.

?? Electrical appliances should be anchored to the
shelf or table with the cord well out of reach.

Toys and Supplies

?? Check toys for rough or sharp edges and chipping
paint.

?? If broken toys can’t be repaired then throw them
away.

?? Keep toys with small parts out of classrooms
with small children.

Poison Prevention

?? Check with the nursery to make sure any classroom
plants are not poisonous.

?? All art supplies should be labeled as non-toxic.

?? Store chemical and cleaning solutions and
medicines out of reach in locked cabinets.

Storage Closets

?? Storage closets, garages, workshops, should be
kept locked at all times.

Bathrooms

?? If possible, bathrooms should have child-sized
fixtures or at the least, sturdy stools to reach fixtures.

?? The hot water temperature should not exceed 120
degrees Fahrenheit.

?? Clean up water spills immediately.

?? Keep cleaners locked up and avoid using toilet
bowl cleaner, which can be deadly to children.

Kitchens

?? If there is a kitchen in your classroom facility
keep knives locked away from children’s reach.

?? Keep appliance electrical cords out of reach.

?? Keep cleaners locked and out of reach.

It is a school’s responsibility to keep children safe and
that means keeping classrooms free of hazards, good adult supervision, and
teaching children about safety.

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Principles, school district employees,
and teachers will also be thinking about how to avoid classroom accidents. The
best ways to avoid classroom accidents are to rel=”nofollow” >create
a safe environment, supervise appropriately, and teach safety skills.
Removing potential hazards from the classroom environment ranks as the most
critical factor in avoiding classroom accidents; a safe environment also frees
the teacher to focus on teaching and bonding with the children.

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