Kan. Admin. Regs. § 28-4-823 - Outside premises

Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 39, September 30, 2021

Each licensee shall ensure that all of the following requirements are met:

(a) General safety.
(1) The outside premises of the home shall be free from any objects, materials, and conditions that constitute a danger to the health or safety of each child in foster care.
(2) No child less than six years of age shall have unsupervised access to either of the following:
(A) A fish pond or a decorative pool containing water 24 inches deep or less; or
(B) any safety hazard specified in subsection (d).
(b) Outdoor play area.
(1) The play area shall be located, arranged, and maintained to allow for supervision by the caregiver and to reduce the risk of injury.
(2) The play area shall be well drained and free of known health, safety, and environmental hazards.
(3) Play equipment shall be located in an area free from hazards, be age-appropriate, and be in good repair. The play equipment shall be placed far enough away from potential hazards, including trees, structures, fences, and power lines, to minimize the risk of injury while the play equipment is in use. Equipment that is broken, hazardous, or unsafe shall not be used. Swings and climbing equipment shall be anchored and shall not be used over hard-surfaced materials, including asphalt, concrete, and bare, hard-packed dirt.
(c) Trampolines. Trampolines shall be prohibited on the premises of the family foster home.
(d) Protection from safety hazards.
(1) Each licensee shall ensure that each child in foster care is protected from all safety hazards adjacent to or within 50 yards of the house, as follows:
(A) A busy street;
(B) railroad tracks; or
(C) a water hazard, including a ditch, a pond, a lake, and any standing water over 24 inches deep.
(2) The licensee shall develop and follow a written outdoor safety plan before a child in foster care is allowed to be outdoors in an unfenced area of the family foster home. The plan shall be approved by the sponsoring child-placing agency and shall include all of the following:
(A) A description of any safety hazard and of any natural or man-made barrier separating the area from the safety hazard;
(B) the approximate distance from the unfenced area to each safety hazard;
(C) a description of the provisions made for increased supervision; and
(D) a requirement for a caregiver to be outdoors with each child in foster care less than six years of age.


Kan. Admin. Regs. § 28-4-823
Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 65-508; effective March 28, 2008.

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