The Basement

  • The Basement has lots of great resources for making sure home projects are safe,  healthy, and even environmentally-friendly! It has information on general home safety, household hazards, earth friendly home tips and more.

    General Home and Work Safety

    Home Safety Checklist
    Is your home safe for you and your loved ones? Take a minute to complete the Home Safety Checklist from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

    Young Worker Safety and Health
    Resources for the approximately 2.2 million adolescents aged 16 to 17 years that worked in the U.S. in 2004. Because of their biologic, social, and economic characteristics, young workers have unique and substantial risks for work-related injuries and illnesses.

    Teen Workers
    OSHA's mission is to prevent injuries and protect the health of America's teen workers by promoting positive and safe work experiences.

    Government Resources for Homeowners
    Here is an on-line site of the best government resources for homeowners. 

    Fire Safety
    Go to the Fire Hydrant for information on How to Make Your Home and Family Fire Safe.

    Consumer Product Safety Commission Publications

    Household Hazards

    Indoor Air Quality
    Whether moving into a new home or living in a historic landmark, indoor air quality can be a household hazard. Here’s some resources to help you make sure the air that you and your family breathe is clean and safe:

    Lead is another hazardous material that may be found not only in the air we breathe, but also in soil, water, and other areas around the home. Find out more about Lead, its potential hazards, and recommended measures for dealing with lead in the home.

    Poison Prevention
    Some household products or fixtures can be hazardous. Make sure you know what to do to avoid accidental poisoning of your child, pet, or other loved ones. And if the unthinkable happens, be prepared what to do in case of emergency:

    Tools and Equipment

    Tools and equipment can be very valuable in home maintenance or renovation projects. However, if not used properly, they can pose a hazard to the user or those in the immediate vicinity. Whether you have a fully stocked shop of tools and equipment in your basement or you’re just a part-time around-the-house handyman, make sure you’re properly using and maintaining the tools and equipment. These resources offer some general guidance and helpful tips:

    Household Hazardous Waste

    Storage and Disposal Guide to Household Hazardous Wastes
    Take a look in your garage, kitchen, bathroom, or workshop. Some of the household products you find here may require special consideration in their use, storage, and disposal. The following guide developed by the US EPA, will provide you with valuable information.