10A NCAC 09 .0601         SAFE ENVIRONMENT

(a)  A safe indoor and outdoor environment shall be provided for the children in care in accordance with rules in this Section.

(b)  All equipment and furnishings shall be in good repair. All commercially manufactured equipment and furnishings shall be assembled and installed according to procedures specified by the manufacturer. For equipment and furnishings purchased after September 1, 2017, the manufacturer's instructions shall be kept on file or electronically accessible, if available.

(c)  Equipment and furnishings shall be sturdy, stable, and free of hazards that may injure children including sharp edges, lead based or peeling paint, rust, loose nails, splinters, protrusions (excluding nuts and bolts on sides of fences), and pinch and crush points.

(d)  All broken equipment or furnishings referenced in Paragraph (c) of this Rule shall be removed from the premises immediately or made inaccessible to the children.

(e)  Each child care center shall provide equipment and furnishings that are child‑size or that can be adapted for use by children. Chairs and tables shall be of appropriate height for the children who will be using them.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 110‑91(3),(6); 143B‑168.3;

Eff. January 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. January 1, 1996; January 1, 1991;

Readopted Eff. October 1, 2017.