Safety or Stupidity

In the Daycare my daugher goes to there is a rule  the shoes has to be on when they are having the afternoon nap.    I have checked with Director where this requirement comes from and I was told this is state regulations which they have to follow.   Recently I got to know the reasons for these regulations.    This is so in case of fire they can run off without getting their shoes off.   Come on. This is California  not Novosibirsk  my kids run in the backyard barefoot at all the seasons. In unlikely event of fire and emergency evacuation I’m surely they would manage.

It is especially surprising this is a requirement not recommendation.  I’m all for for giving parents choice – some may chose for their kids to sleep in hiking boots (these offer the best protection) or wear hard hat in case there is an earthquake.  But why making it a regulation by taking choice away from parents ?

2 thoughts on “Safety or Stupidity

  1. Nils

    This is a very weird regulation indeed. Who sleeps with his shoes on… Probably the state regulation was enacted after a terrible fire at a Daycare to give the (false) impression that the state is doing something to keep children “safe”. Some people really lose sight for reality when children are involved. Also it might be to shield the Daycare from liability…

    The interesting thing about those weird laws (the US and States have many more of them) is that there must have been some time when they made sense to some people.

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  2. Denise

    I’m going to go with stupidity here. I’m sure it’s just a question of minimizing liability for the Daycare Center. I agree with you, in the unlikely event of an evacuation, they would be fine for a short while without shoes. They’re not required to sleep with their coats on are they? Following that line of thought, that would be the logical next step…

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