9 Tips for Classroom Safety

1 Keep Exits Clear.
Make sure all classroom exits, both doors and windows, remain clear from obstructions and clutter.

2 Safe Ladder Use.
When putting up decorations or accessing materials on high shelves, always use a ladder. Do NOT stand on chairs, stools, or desks.

3 Hang Decorations Properly.
Avoid hanging things from light fixtures and sprinkler heads. Do not block exit signs or obstruct any exits.

4 Keep Hazardous Materials Out Of Reach.
Hazardous materials, such as cleaning supplies and chemicals used for instruction, should be properly labeled and securely stored.

5 Eliminate Tripping Hazards.
Do not leave unattended drawers or cabinet doors open. Make sure chairs are pushed in when students are moving around. Keep items put away when not in use to prevent tripping.

6 Be Aware Of Electrical Cords.
Make sure electrical cords are not running through high-traffic areas, walkways, and doorways. Do not fasten cords with staples, hang from nails, or suspend them with a wire. Don’t cover them with rugs or mats.

7 Do Not Overload Electrical Circuits.
Do not plug two extension cords or two surge protectors together. Be careful how many devices you are plugging into one outlet.

8 Use Care When Lifting Heavy Objects.
When setting up a classroom, rearranging things, or moving heavy items like textbooks, use safe lifting techniques to avoid injury.

9 Post An Evacuation Plan Near The Door.
Ensure all students are familiar with the exit routes in case of emergency. Post a resource for evacuations in the room, such as a map detailing the specific classroom location and highlighting the various exit routes available.