Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
5.1 Overall Requirements
5.1.1 General Location, Layout and Construction of the Facility
22.214.171.124: 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, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS126.96.36.199 Buildings of Wood Frame Construction
188.8.131.52 Space Required per Child
184.108.40.206 Floor Space Beneath Low Ceiling Heights
220.127.116.11 Alternate Exits and Emergency Shelter
18.104.22.168 Evacuation of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Children with Disabilities
22.214.171.124 Ensuring Access to Fresh Air Indoors
126.96.36.199 Levels of Illumination
188.8.131.52 Radon Concentrations
184.108.40.206 Carbon Monoxide Detectors
220.127.116.11 Preventing Exposure to Asbestos or Other Friable Materials
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 2009. NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. 2009 ed. Quincy, MA: NFPA.