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New York Day Care Centers – Required Safety Precautions (Railings and Barriers) to Prevent Child Injuries

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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New York day care and child care centers are regulated by the New York Office of Children and Family Services. Pursuant to Section 418-1.5, Safety of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), child care centers must have railings from the floor or ground to prevent children from falling off of porches, stairs, and decks. In addition, child care centers must provide and maintain barriers to keep children out of and away from unsafe and dangerous area. In particular, a child care center must have barriers in place in areas where there is a swimming pool, drainage ditch, well, hole, wood / coal burning stove, fireplace, and gas heater.

New York day care centers have a duty and responsibility to follow these regulations not only to comply with the laws but also to keep children safe. Properly installed and maintained railings and barriers can help prevent or reduce the number of child injuries from falls, dangerous conditions, and drownings.