Hand washing is the single most effective and least costly way to reduce the spread of infections, including the common cold, hepatitis A, foodborne illnesses, and many other viral and bacterial diseases. Alcohol-based hand rub is also useful in limiting the spread of such conditions.
The following procedures are also essential 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 dishwashing machine.
- Use a cup of bleach in the washer when laundering sheets, towels, and another 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 that 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 contact back if you discover there is not a problem.
- Consistent volunteers can help ensure fire safety by having a better understanding of the emergency protocol.
Exit Plan & Emergency Procedure
- Explain the 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 the 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 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.
- Please go through the procedures and where the cards can be located in their room.
- Explain the exit plan to children as well as adults.
- Identify outside meeting point.