Get an ‘A’ on Classroom Safety

Keeping your classroom safe – and focused on learning – doesn’t have to be complicated. Just follow the guidelines here.

Brush up on classroom cleaners.

  • Keep cleaners stored out of reach of young students.
  • Only use cleaners provided by your school.
  • Make sure each product label details chemical hazards, handling and storage, and medical treatment in case of accident.

Plug-in wisely to avoid fires and shocks.

  • Use commercial-grade extension cords provided by building services.
  • Use extension cords only for short-term use, like powering a projector.
  • Don’t run cords over ceiling grids or under rugs.
  • Don’t hang cords from nails or staples.
  • Disconnect and store extension cords after use.
  • Inspect cord insulation and prongs before and after each use; discard damaged cords immediately. 
  • Don’t use multi-tap outlets and power strips – you could overload a circuit.

Be sharp about classroom tools.

  • Know that everyday items like scissors and paperweights can become dangerous during playful roughhousing or arguments.
  • Store these items out of sight.
  • Science and vocational teachers: Use extra caution with sharp instruments. Make sure students return all equipment at the end of class.   

Use your smarts with extra plug-ins.

  • Keep coffeemakers, microwave ovens and the like in teachers’ lounges or other student-free areas.
  • Keep portable heaters a safe distance from students and flammable materials.

Get hung up on classroom décor and artwork.

  • Limit paper decorations and student artwork to no more than 20% of wall area.
  • Never cover exit signs or doorways.
  • Never hang items from fire sprinkler heads, and do not hang decorations or plants from ceilings or ceiling tile grids.
  • Hang decorations and plants within reach.
  • Use flame-retardant decorations when possible.

Keep personal safety top of mind.

  • Know school policy for locking classroom doors during class and when working alone.
  • Do not cover or block windows on classroom doors.

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