Physical Environment

  • Exit doors and windows are not obstructed and are easily opened from the inside.
    • Cannot store or place items in front of exit doors or windows either inside or out.
    • Locks must be of the approved type.
    • Locks or latches cannot be located higher than 48 inches from the floor or require special knowledge to open.
  • The wiring appears safe; no known hazards exist.
    • Outlet covers should be in place.
    • No exposed wires.
    • Covers should not be cracked or damaged.
  • Extension cords are appropriately used and are not used in place of permanent wiring.
    • Only power strips which have a RESET BUTTON on them are allowed.
    • If you use an extension cord it should be of the type which only allows one items to be plugged in.
    • It should be only used for a couple of hours then stored away.
  • A fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A:10 BC is maintained in the kitchen cooking area or area approved by the fire marshal.
    • Extinguishers must be checked and tagged yearly by a professional.
    • They need to be mounted no higher than 48 inches from the floor.
    • They should not be placed within close range of the oven.
  • All smoke detectors are properly installed, appropriately located, and maintained in proper operating condition.
    • Providers should check and change the batteries at least twice a year.
    • Replace the detectors every 7 years.
    • Mount according to manufacturer's directions and keep them clean.
  • All interior doors can be unlocked from the outside and the opening device is readily accessible in the case of an emergency.
    • A key or other device must be available to unlock all bedroom and bathroom doors.
    • It should not take more than a minute to locate a key or device to unlock a door.
    • If a resident wishes a lock on their bedroom door providers must have a copy.
  • The water temperature does not exceed 120° F in order to prevent scalding.
    • The temperature will be checked at all licensing visits.
  • Fireplaces, wood burning stoves, and other hot surfaces are protected by guards to prevent burns.
    • A screen or guard must be placed in front of all fireplaces.
  • Furnaces are checked regularly and maintained in good working condition and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommended guidelines.
    • Providers will need to have their furnaces checked by a professional according to the manufacturer's recommendation.
    • They will need to provide documentation of furnace checks to the licensor.