Tips for baby proofing your Basement
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Baby Proofing the 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:
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.
2. 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.
3. Shelves- All shelves and furniture should be secured with L-brackets
to prevent tip-overs and accidents.
4. 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.
5. 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.