Bugs, Viruses and Other Icky Stuff!
Children’s Museum Sanitation and Cleaning Procedures
The health and safety of our visitor’s and staff is our top priority. We use best practices and standards for all cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of the Museum, to keep our families safe. During this period of heightened concern we provide this insight about our Museum cleaning protocols:
Museum staff and volunteers frequently clean exhibit surface. That includes affixed and loose pieces using commercial grade disinfectant commonly used in school settings. We pay especially close attention to commonly used areas (i.e. door handles, hand rails, knobs, buttons, etc).
Soft, cloth items such as costumes, stuffed animals, etc are thoroughly washed on a regular basis in our own washing machines using a high temperature cycle.
Small items such as blocks, play food, small plastic toys etc, are cleaned regularly in our own dishwasher, using a high temperature cycle.
The Museum custodial team regularly cleans and disinfects common areas including bathrooms, Art Studio, Birthday Party rooms, etc.
Multiple hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the Museum for our guests and staff.
Our water table exhibit is treated with chlorine (similar to the care needed for a swimming pool) and is tested daily to assure the chemical balance is safe. The water table is fully drained, disinfected and cleaned often. The filters, panels, and screens are removed and disinfected.
Deep cleanings of the Museum and exhibits is done during days Museum is closed to the public.
The Museum staff is trained to handle “personal accidents” in a safe, fast and thorough manner.
Museum Staff, board members and volunteers are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling ill with flu-like symptoms.
How can you help us?
Please do not visit the Children’s Museum if you or a member of your family is sick with flu-like symptoms.
Please encourage your family to wash their hands and/or use the provided hand sanitizers before and after playing at the Children’s Museum.
Encourage your child to wash their hands for 20 seconds, the length of singing the Happy Birthday song twice.
Place any toys that may have been in your child’s mouth in one of our wash bags.
If you notice that we are out of hand soap or sanitizer please let Museum Staff know right away.
The Center for Disease Control recommends the following preventative measure to stop the spread of germs:
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care of for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.)
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
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