1. Check fire alarm system and practice drills:
Fire drills should be conducted regularly within the school to ensure that students, teachers, and staff know how to safely get out of the building in the case of an emergency. Before a drill is conducted, it is important to inspect the fire alarm systems such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers to make sure they are functioning properly.
2. Make sure hazardous materials are stored safely and inaccessible to students:
All dangerous or toxic substances should be kept securely locked away in cabinets out of reach from students. This includes any potentially hazardous items such as chemicals, sharp objects, glassware and other materials that may cause harm.
3. Keep all electrical sockets and wiring covered and ensure all cords are in good condition:
Unshielded electrical sockets or wires can be a major hazard, so it's essential to recognize them and attend to the issue immediately. Additionally, all cords should be checked for fraying or damage before use to make sure they are safe.
4. Make sure furniture is secure and not prone to tipping over:
Furniture should be firmly secured to the floor or walls where applicable to prevent toppling over during activities. When it comes to the safety of our students, we must ensure that furniture such as chairs, desks and cabinets are securely fastened so there is no potential for tipping when a student sits or leans on them.
5. Install window guards to prevent falls or other injuries:
Window guards can help to protect students from falling out of open windows, or getting their heads caught while leaning against them.
6. Secure any loose rugs or mats that might trip a student:
Loose or frayed rugs are a common tripping hazard in classrooms and should be secured with double-sided tape or tacks. Any mats placed near doorways should also have rubberized backing to prevent slipping.
7. Ensure adequate lighting is available to make stairs and other tripping hazards visible:
Adequate lighting should be provided in all areas of the classroom, especially pathways, staircases, and hallways where students may move around frequently. To avoid potential hazards, it is vital that all light fixtures are in good working condition and provide appropriate lighting levels. Poor illumination can lead to a greater risk of slips, trips and falls - so make sure you're always well-lit.
8. Check heating and cooling systems to ensure they are functioning properly:
Regularly check the school’s HVAC system to make sure that classrooms remain comfortable for learning. Damaged or malfunctioning systems can lead to extreme temperatures in the classroom as well as mold growth and other health hazards.
9. Maintain cleanliness of the classroom and get rid of any potential allergens or dust:
Dusty or cluttered classrooms can be home to many potential allergens that can cause reactions in sensitive students, so it is important to keep the environment clean and tidy. Common items such as books, paper, and electronics should be regularly dusted and wiped down to get rid of any potential allergens.
10. Make sure all chemicals, substances, and equipment used in the classroom is safely stored away from students:
Any hazardous materials or substances being used in the classroom should be kept out of reach of children at all times. This includes items such as toxic cleaning supplies, sharp tools, and other hazardous materials that can cause injury if they are mishandled. Additionally, any equipment such as computers or printers should also be secured to a sturdy surface to prevent accidental tipping.