Health and Safety
Keeping it Clean!
- Museum & Theatre staff regularly cleans touched surfaces with a non-toxic chemical formulated to kill germs and bacteria on surfaces (including staph, HIV, mold and H1N1) for up to 24 hours after application.
- A professional cleaning service comes to the Museum & Theatre nightly to clean all public areas and disinfect all touched surfaces with a hospital-grade disinfectant.
- All plastic and soft props and toys are washed on a daily or weekly basis.
- A dirty toy bin is provided in the Toddler Park where visitors can drop dirty toys (including any that have been in or near a child's mouth).
- All staff members wash their hands frequently, practice proper cough etiquette, and refrain from touching their faces (great tips for visitors, too!).
- Wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers are located on each floor to keep little hands (and big hands!) clean.
- The number one way to prevent sickness is to stay informed! Staff and volunteers are informed about current health concerns and ways to protect you and your family with updates from the Maine Center for Disease Control. You can find updates online at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/index.shtml
Putting Safety First!Kid-Safe Environment
- All electrical outlets on our public floors have been replaced with child-safe receptacles. These will accept only plugs -- not fingers!
- We test all toys and props in a special choke test cylinder to ensure they aren't choking hazards.
- We only buy toys, props and kiosk items from companies that comply with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) lead testing standards. Read more about our zero-tolerance policy in this article published in the Association of Children's Museums Spring 2008 newsletter (page 10).
- All accessible faucets have regulated thermostats to ensure water will never get hot enough to burn.
- At least one member of our exhibits and operations staff is on duty at all times, checking play areas for safety hazards and responding immediately to visitor concerns. Safety is our number one priority in building and maintaining exhibits.
- Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is a smoke-free environment; smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Museum & Theatre campus, inside or out.
Prepared for Emergencies (Large or Small!)
- All members of our floor staff are certified in Child/Adult CPR and first aid.
- The Museum & Theatre has an on-site automated external defibrillator (AED). All floor staff are trained in AED use in cases of cardiac arrest. AED donated by Leslie Webber in memory of her husband, Mr. Walter Webber.
- All liquid spills are treated as hazardous; wet spots are guarded by staff members until a member of the operations staff can clean the area using thorough sanitation protocols.
- All staff members are trained to follow a comprehensive fire and emergency evacuation plan, guiding visitors through the nearest exit and to our designated meeting place in the parking lot outside Dogfish Restaurant and briefing rescue workers on the emergency so they will be prepared as they take further action.
- Staff members are easily identified by our red aprons and blue and white name tags. Staff are available to assist in the case of any and all emergencies (even those that just require a band-aid!). Any on-site injury is documented with a thorough incident report and the family is contacted within 48 hours to check in and make sure that the injured person is on the mend.
Play Together, Stay Together!
- Children 0-17 years of age are not admitted to the Museum & Theatre without an adult, and we ask that children of any age are supervised by a parent or accompanying adult throughout their visit. Children playing without supervision are guided to the front desk to be reunited with an adult in their party.
- The front desk is staffed during all hours that the Museum & Theatre is open to the public. Front desk staff is on alert, monitoring the door at all times to ensure that no child exits without an adult. Side doors are alarmed to alert staff and visitors if a child tries to use an unmonitored exit.
- When a child or parent alerts a staff member that they have been separated from a family member, all employees (including administrative staff) are immediately deployed throughout the Museum & Theatre to locate the child or adult and bring them to the front desk to reunite with their parents.
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