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  • Safety Heads up

    I recently accepted a couple days where I am running the front of house as well as the back. I've done this in other centers but this is the first center that I noticed something rather disturbing. We all have seen unruly kids, over-active kids and kids that just have way to much curiosity or energy. I stepped down to the approach to ask one child (in the presence of his mother) to stop running out onto the lane. They were most cooperative and I didn't think much of it until I glanced up minutes later to see him pulling the access panel on the approach up. Previous centers needed a screwdriver or some sort of wedge but the new place has holes to allow easy access. This kid almost had the panel pulled out of the way but I think his parent caught him before me as he dropped it back into place. He must have been about 8 or so and I hate to think what could have happened if he had stuck his hand down there or god forbid his head. These panels are in between the foul line and the sure-pik lift. Planning on closing off the handy finger holes....I would rather spend an extra minute prying the panel up than dealing with a major accident.

    • Lonnie_Mitchell
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      Lonnie_Mitchell commented
      Editing a comment
      Here is what i have done for this issue.
      If this is a Synthetic Approach, closing off the hole would be very wise. Then you can go out and buy a Suction Grip for easy removal by mechanics and staff. If this is a wooden approach, counter sink a small pressed-in nut (5/16-24). The mechanics and the staff would then keep a 5/16 - 24 X 2" "Eye Bolt" to easily screw in a couple of threads and lift for removal. This takes away any possibility for children to open these access panels.
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