Senator Laughlin Introduces Bill to Protect Daycare Facilities

A bill introduced by Senator Dan Laughlin, aiming to protect children in state-regulated daycare facilities, is now on its way to Governor Wolf.

Senate Bill 934 amends the Human Services Code to require family daycare facilities in 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.

Laughlin introduced the bill in response to the fire that claimed the lives of five young children at a home daycare in erie.

The bill also requires that as part of the Human Services Department’s inspection process that 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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