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A pram in a staircase: a problem of ... residential status?

A pram in a staircase: a problem of ... residential status?

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Theoretically, it would not be the case if each block was built in accordance with not demanding standards: next to the stairs there would be a driveway - not only helpful for mothers with children, but also for disabled people, the elderly, or to make heavier purchases. You don't even need an elevator. However, practice shows that the reality is different, and mothers are doomed to make a difficult decision: carrying a trolley from the 1/2/3/4 floor, leaving it in the staircase or in the basement. Each solution has its drawbacks ...

Daily stroller wear

The biggest problem is when the child is small, can't sit, let alone walk when parents use the heaviest type of pram (regardless of the model). When the time comes for a stroller, it is possible to choose a light model, which is not as troublesome to load as a deep cart weighing about 10-15 kilograms.

In the first weeks of the child's life, when the toddler does not hold his head firmly, the problem may even be moving the child in a sling or baby carrier to the pram in the pram (if such a place exists) and taking with all necessary accessories. If the mother is alone at home, she has not fully recovered after giving birth, she lives on the upper floors, going for a walk can be a challenge. Things get complicated if a woman is pregnant or has a second small child.
Women deal with this problem in many ways:

  • they carry the "installment" pram: first the frame, then the gondola, finally the child,
  • they ask their partner to put the pram in the morning, leaving it downstairs in the cage (which nomen omen is against the rules, but about it below) and in the afternoon they put it back,
  • they keep the cart in a car parked under the house,
  • they ask for lifting the pram: a neighbor or a family member,
  • they give up the pram and switch to a scarf / baby carrier
  • they store the trolley in the trolley (if it exists and is not occupied by another tenant or adapted as a basement) or in the basement.

A trolley left on the staircase

There is no shortage of women who, left alone (without the help of family, neighbors or a partner staying all day) decide to leave the pram in the staircase. There can be many reasons for this. They explain this decision:

  • too small apartment,
  • heavy weight of the trolley
  • inconvenience associated with bringing the wheelchair several times a day,
  • a special space left for wheelchairs in the staircase,
  • in that the stroller does not bother anyone, and even if it can be easily moved,
  • no trolley, which should be provided by the building manager to residents,
  • bad weather - dirty wheels.

Why shouldn't the wheelchair be left in the staircase?

The case seems to be controversial and banal only for those who had no problem carrying a heavy wheelchair several times a day. Many people who do not agree to "cluttering staircases" point out the issue of security:

  • due to fire regulations, the trucks should be located in specially designated rooms. Leaving a wheelchair in a staircase is an offense. It allows you to impose a fine on owners of prams.
  • even if there are no trolleys in the block, residents cannot keep trolleys in the staircase.

Graphically, this problem is described by Olena.S, who begins the very emotional thread on

"I don't want to add to the thread ... (...), but I just want to ask my wheelchair moms to imagine a real fire in their home. There is no electricity and no light. Billows of smoke in the stairwell. You see nothing! Neither this pram, nor bicycle, or shoes set up in front of the entrance, nor the trash bag waiting to be taken out. You or your children may stumble over all this. You don't have gas masks, the smoke is probably toxic. These are not stupid requirements of idiotic bureaucrats. The corridors should really be empty, because every piece of trash hinders your escape, and the smoke will poison you, you will fall unconscious - through a stupid cart ... It's not like you can grope that the pram / shoes / bike are on the side. Going blindly, you nudge, shift, lose orientation. I understand very well that there are no good places to hold prams - that they steal, that the apartment is small, that mud is on the wheels, that the child is heavy and strenuous. But don't be deceived, your cage carts don't matter. "

Another problem is risk of theft. Already in the film "Home", the hero during the statistics for post-war production steals a pram, leading him out of the film after shooting the scene. At that time, the cart was a very scarce commodity. Today, theoretically, this is not the case, and yet it occasionally becomes a "salable" commodity. That is why the police suggest not to store the truck in sight, but to put it as a last resort on the landing or in such a way that it is not visible from the street.

There is another problem. A trolley left on the staircase can really disturb you. Sometimes it prevents a second stroller from going out and a woman carrying her stroller out of the house must first take one to leave the other. Describing such a situation on one of the forums resulted in comments that in such a situation it is best to put the cart outside, outside the cage - without scruples and remorse.

Do you live in blocks of flats? How do you deal with the problem described in the article? I am curious about your opinions!