Child Care Providers With Permits More Likely to Keep Children Safe

In 2007 Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7 - 13, and during a week when residents are focused on safety, two Fairfax County agencies are urging parents to make sure that their child care providers have a county child care permit.

The Fairfax County Office for Children is authorized to issue permits to Fairfax County residents who take care of children in their homes. The permit process includes a home health and safety visit from an Office for Children specialist.

Parents want their children to be cared for in a home that's healthy and safe. During the permit process, our specialists work closely with child care providers to help make sure children will be cared for in a safe environment that supports their growth and development.

The permit process also includes a fire safety visit from a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department inspector.

"We help child care providers remove safety hazards," says Dan Schmidt, the Fire and Rescue Department's Public Information Officer. "We also make sure they're prepared to handle emergencies with the proper plans and equipment."

Child care providers must renew their permits every year, which requires annual visits from Office for Children and Fire and Rescue Department inspectors.

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