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Lawmakers approve new safety standards for child care facilities

May 28, 2019 6:00 am
David Lombardo is reporting for the Times Union state lawmakers have approved new safety standards for child care facilities. The new standards would require facility operators to anchor furniture and electronic appliances capable of tipping over. Items that cannot be secured would need to be removed. The requirement still needs the approval of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. If signed into law, child care operators, including those running a business from their home, would have 180 days to comply. A 2015 study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that unsecured televisions and large pieces of furniture kill a child approximately every two weeks. There are no existing state regulations for anchoring items, according to the memorandum accompanying the legislation. The measure passed unanimously in the state Assembly, but about half of Senate Republicans opposed it. The state Senate also approved legislation this week barring the use of corded blinds in public spaces at certain child care facilities to eliminate the risk of strangulation for small children. Read the full story in the Times Union.
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