Bill Improving Daycare Safety Sent to Governor

HARRISBURG – A bill to protect children in state-regulated daycare facilities received final legislative approval on Tuesday and was sent to the governor for enactment into law, according to Senator Scott Martin (R-13).

Senate Bill 934 was introduced in response to a tragic fire that claimed the lives of five young children in Erie last year. The bill amends the Human Services Code to require family daycare homes to have a smoke detector on each floor and in the basement, as well as a portable fire extinguisher, and to meet occupancy and licensing requirements.

Senate Bill 934 requires that as part of the Human Services Department’s inspection process, daycare center operators must provide a written affirmation stating that the center or home maintains a written emergency plan, fire drill log and posted evacuation routes.

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