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CHILDPROOFING BASEMENT

Many people use their basements for different things.  If you have converted your basement into a family type room, then you will want to pay special attention to the Living room section of this chapter.  If your basement serves as a storage room or washroom, then you will want to follow the guidelines below.

Some tips to baby-proofing your basement includes:

  1. Little ones enjoy opening and closing doors, so use a door knob latch or cover that will prevent them from going where they shouldn’t.  A baby gate should be installed at the top and bottom of the basement stairs as well to prevent any falls.
  1. Chemicals- if you use the basement as an area for storage, you want to make sure that all chemicals and harmful substances are very high up on shelves. This includes power tools and crafting supplies. The best bet is to keep them under lock and key.
  1. Shelves.  All shelves and furniture should be secured with L-brackets to prevent tip-overs and accidents.
  1. Flooring.  Carpet is best for bumps and bruises, so consider placing a few strategically placed rugs or carpet remnants if you can’t afford to carpet the entire basement.
  1. Walls.  If your basement is unfinished, I would be very hesitant to allow your little one access.  Exposed installation could be harmful if swallowed.  Exposed wires and pipes could also be dangerous. Drywall is fairly inexpensive and is easy to install, so you may want to consider covering the walls for a safer environment.

 

 

 

       

 

Basement Checklist

 

Locking cabinet

 

       

L brackets

       

Door knob covers