Evacuation and disaster planning in daycare and pediatric hospitals

Fire safety in daycare/childcare and pediatric hospitals

Childcare programs, preschools, pediatric hospitals, and schools are required to have fire exit drills. Childcare care centres must have the appropriate fire safety and evacuation equipment installed and maintained such as Fire extinguishers, fire panels, fire blankets, smoke detectors, evacuation mattresses, emergency exit lights etc.

Not only that, but Child Care Centres should also ensure staff are appropriately trained to use fire safety or evacuation equipment and fully understand the evacuation procedures in the case of a fire emergency.

Preventing fires in your daycare centres

Keeping matches, lighters and flammable materials away from children is common sense, but there are some other things that you can do to prevent fires in your daycare center which may not be as obvious. No doors, windows, hallways or other exits should be blocked with anything because this prevents a clear escape route. Make sure curtains, blankets and other flammable materials are kept away from heaters, furnaces, fireplaces, radiators and other heat source. Have the electrical wires and systems checked regularly to ensure safe operation. Ensure that all smoke detectors are working and have fresh batteries. Children should be taught how to call 9-1-1 as well.

Practice fire drills regularly

Go over the escape route with older children until they know exactly what to do in the event of a fire. You should agree on a “safe place” outside to meet once you have all escaped the building. Adults should be aware of how to get out of the building and each adult should be assigned specific children or specific rooms to evacuate in the case of an emergency evacuation. Teach children how to “stop, drop, and roll” in case their clothing catches fire. They should also be taught how to stay low in smoky rooms and how to feel doorknobs for heat to determine whether fire is on the other side. Children should be familiar with firemen and they way they look in masks and suits, as some children become afraid and run from firemen during an attempted rescue.

Easy ways to teach children about fire safety

Sometimes it’s easier to teach children about serious topics with fun educational props. Checking out books from the local library about fire safety and fire preparation can help ensure that the daycare center children are informed. Watching videos and cartoons about fire safety is also a great idea. In some towns, it is possible to speak with the local fire department and schedule a “meet and greet” so the daycare children become familiar with firemen, fire trucks and other tools used to fight fires or evacuate individuals. Singing rhyming songs about fire safety is also an easy way to help children memorize fire safety rules. Each child should be given a clear map of the fire escape route that they can understand, in addition to going over the route in drills.

Launch of S-CAPEKIDS evacuation mattress

We’re currently developing an evacuation mattress for infants and newborns.
Almost any hospital or daycare centre around the world has the same evacuation policy for babies. In an emergency, a nurse wears an apron with large pockets that hold 2-3 babies. Then they proceed to evacuate. The nurse may flip and fall, which will injure the babies. Once the babies are outside, there is no place to put them. You can’t just lay them somewhere outside. Evacuation mattress S-CAPEKIDS enables one carer to evacuate four babies at once with very little effort.

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