Four Simple Ways to Create a Safer Learning Environment
Unless your learning environment consists of four padded walls and a padded floor, you are probably looking for ways to increase safety and decrease accidents. These are some of the ways to minimize serious accidents and emergency room visits just by making smart decisions about what you place in your space.
1 Emergency Escape Ladders
The National Fire Protection Association recommends storing one ladder in every occupied room of your home that is above the main level. Be sure to secure one in each bedroom on second and third levels of your home or building. Store them a lose to the window a
s possible but where they won’t be tampered with unless there is an
emergency. Teach children how to install them on their own as soon as they are old enough. If you are worried about them misusing the ladder, install window alarms.
2 Sight Lines
Sight lines are defined as the line of sight between a person and a subject, in this case a child. It is important to increase these lines in areas where kids play and learn so they can be monitored from as many locations as possible. An open room, low shelving, windows and openings, and clear paths are a few ways to increase sight lines. Ideally, you want to be able to see everyone in the room at the same time.
3 Low VOC Paints
Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) are pollutants that have been the subject of
indoor air studies related to air quality and health. They are emitted from many paints and are evident in the strong odor of the paints after they have been applied. Look for paints that emit zero or low VOCs to minimize this risk, especially for small children. We use Olympic Interior Paints for our home and there was no odor during the application or after.
4 Acrylic Mirrors
Mirrors made with acrylic are much harder to break than traditional glass mirrors, which makes them a good choice for a school or home with kids. Most are produced with safety in mind an have rounded corners and sometimes beveled edges. They look almost identical to hard mirrors and can be tinted with colors.
How do you use these techniques in make a safer place for kids?