Hand washing is the single most effective and least costly way to reduce the spread of infections, including the common cold, hepatitis A, food borne illnesses and many other viral and bacterial diseases. Alcohol-based hand rub is also effective in limiting the spread of such diseases.
The following procedures are also important to maintain the health and safety of both guests and volunteers.
Fire Safety Tips
- Wear disposable plastic gloves when bandaging cuts, changing diapers, changing wet beds, cleaning up bodily fluids, etc.
- Use an ounce of bleach in water used for washing dishes if you do not use a dish washing machine.
- Use a cup of bleach in the washer when laundering sheets, towels and other program laundry.
- Use disinfectant when cleaning bathrooms.
- Use a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water to disinfect diaper changing areas and any areas where blood or other bodily fluid is spilled.
- Wash hands with soap and water after performing any of the tasks above.
- Call 911 for any medical emergencies.
- Contact the director with concerns about guests who might be contagious.
- Isolate those with minor ailments who might be contagious away from other families and volunteers.
We offer the following tips about ways to make the guests and your building prepared for a fire emergency:
Alarm System & Smoke Detectors
- 911- Do not hesitate to call 911 if you have any inclination that there might be an emergency. You can always call back if you discover there is not a problem.
- Consistent volunteers can help insure fire safety by having a better understanding of emergency protocol.
Exit Plan & Emergency Procedure
- Explain type of alarm system in place to the guests on their first night at the congregation.
- Make sure that you have Smoke detectors for guest rooms.
- Demonstrate sound of detectors to the children so they know what the sound means.
- Smoke detectors can be placed on a shelf so that you do not have to screw them into the ceiling if you are just putting them in the room for the week the guests are there.
- Create a small card that clearly shows the Exit plan and Emergency Procedures that can be placed in each Guest Room
- Show the Emergency Card to families when they arrive.
- Go through the procedures and where the cards can be located in their room.
- Explain exit plan to children as well as adults.
- Identify outside meeting point.