13A.18.10.04

.04 Potentially Hazardous Items.

A. A provider shall store all potentially harmful items, including but not limited to the items described in BE of this regulation, in locations which are inaccessible to children in care.

B. Petroleum and flammable products shall be stored in an approved manner.

C. Cleaning and sanitizing agents and poisonous products shall be stored apart from food and beverages.

D. Containers of poisonous products may not be kept on the premises unless they are labeled clearly as to nature, content, and approved purposes.

E. A pesticide may be used only if it is:

(1) Approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;

(2) Used according to the manufacturer's instructions;

(3) Used only when children are not in care; and

(4) Stored apart from food, beverages, and cleaning agents.

F. If a firearm is maintained in the child care home, the firearm shall be kept:

(1) In a location not used by children in care; and

(2) Unloaded and partially disassembled in a locked container with ammunition stored in its own separate locked container.

G. Whenever a child younger than 5 years old is in care, the provider shall ensure that:

(1) All electrical sockets within reach of the child are plugged or capped as required by the applicable fire code;

(2) Suitable protective barriers are placed at locations accessible and potentially hazardous to the child; and

(3) Child-proof devices are placed on cabinets and drawers that contain items potentially hazardous to the child.

H. Window Coverings. A window covering installed:

(1) Before October 1, 2010, shall not have unsecured cords, beads, ropes, or strings that are accessible to a child in care; or

(2) On or after October 1, 2010, shall be cordless.