Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
5.1 Overall Requirements
184.108.40.206: Use of Basements and Below Grade Areas
Finished basements or areas that are partially below grade may be used for children who independently ambulate and who are two years of age or older, if the space is in compliance with applicable building and fire codes. Environmental health factors may be reviewed with county or city public health departments.
RATIONALEBasement and partially below grade areas can be quite habitable and should be usable as long as building, fire safety (1), and environmental quality is satisfactory.
COMMENTSTo “independently ambulate” means that children are able to walk from place to place with or without the use of assistive devices.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS220.127.116.11 Buildings of Wood Frame Construction
18.104.22.168 Space Required per Child
22.214.171.124 Floor Space Beneath Low Ceiling Heights
126.96.36.199 Alternate Exits and Emergency Shelter
188.8.131.52 Evacuation of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Children with Disabilities
184.108.40.206 Ensuring Access to Fresh Air Indoors
220.127.116.11 Levels of Illumination
18.104.22.168 Radon Concentrations
22.214.171.124 Carbon Monoxide Detectors
126.96.36.199 Preventing Exposure to Asbestos or Other Friable Materials
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 2009. NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. 2009 ed. Quincy, MA: NFPA.