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Daycare Dangers - nearly 90 violations found in the Tri-Cities area

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Sadly,only 12 daycares out of 101 in the three-county area didn't have a single violation during their last inspections. Sadly,only 12 daycares out of 101 in the three-county area didn't have a single violation during their last inspections.
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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - A Community Watchdog investigation found roughly one in five daycares in Washington, Sullivan and Carter counties were documented for critical issues during their last plant inspections. Those problems included rodent infestations, safety concerns and plumbing issues.

All of those issues have since been fixed and none were ruled an imminent danger.

Tennessee Department of Health inspectors visit every daycare once a year to look for health code violations, safety problems and cleanliness issues, among other things.

Department of Health Environmental Manager Terry Goins says overall, daycares in Northeast Tennessee meet their requirements.

"We just want to see a safe, clean environment for the children," Goins said. "The operators are professional, well-trained and for the most part, they do a very good job."

That said, only 12 daycares out of 101 in the three-county area didn't have a single violation during their last inspections.

Department of Health inspectors weren't as complimentary of the roughly 90 other daycares. The vast majority only had minor violations here and there, but there were some critical violations really stuck out.

"We don't want to see a dirty facility, we don't want to see any safety hazards whatsoever," Goins said.

We found three daycares singled out for rodent infestations. One had documented droppings in the kitchen and another had documented droppings in the stock room.

"Insects and rodents do carry disease and that could cause a problem for the children," Goins said.

We found nine other daycares written up for failing to properly store and label toxic items; chemicals like bleach water and Lysol spray.

"They could ingest the toxic items and cause a poisoning affect on the children," Goins said.

We also found four daycares where inspectors discovered critical sewage disposal or plumbing issues and two daycares with gaps in their fencing.

"We want to get all critical items corrected as soon as possible," Goins said.

Inspectors required all 19 daycares with critical problems to fix their issues within 30 days. According to follow-up inspections, all did just that.

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