Florida Day Care Centers – What Rules / Laws Apply to Fire Drills and Emergency Plans?

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Pursuant to Chapter 65, Rule 65C-22.002 – Physical Environment, Florida Day Care Centers are required to provide and maintain outdoor equipment including playground equipment in good repair and safe condition. Fire drills shall be conducted at least 10 times at various dates and times with attending children. At a minimum, the fire drills conducted must include: 1. One fire drill during napping/sleeping times; 2. One fire drill using different alternate evacuation routs; and 3. One fire drill in the presence and at the request of the licensing authority. The day care operator must develop a emergency preparedness plan, in writing, which must at least include the procedures to be used to be taken by the facility during a fire, lockdown and inclement weather (i.e., hurricanes, tornados).

Being prepared in the event of an emergency is one of the best to protect the lives, safety and over all well-being of children. The more emergency plans are practiced and children become familiar with the procedures, the more likely everyone will survive the emergency of event without sustaining any personal injuries.