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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