What are egress windows?

An egress window is a window that is meant to supply an emergency means of leaving a house and is needed in particular places in a house. Windows must match demands and particular size to qualify as an egress window.

Egress windows are needed in every room used for a bedroom in a basement.  If someone is living and sleeping somewhere in the basement, you need egress windows and wells.  Basically, it just allows a good escape route if a fire breaks out.

Location Requirements:

  • Basement bedrooms and/or living spaces.
  • Attic bedrooms and/or living spaces.

Size Requirements:

  • The open area needs to be 5.7 square feet.
  • Width – 20 inches.
  • Height – 24 inches.
  • The sill cannot be over 44 inches above the floor.

When are Egress Window Wells Required?

It is very straight forward – any egress window in a basement requires a well.  These window wells need to be at least 36 inches from the window, the open space must be 3′ x 3′ and if it is 44 inches below the grade, you need to have either a ladder or steps to allow and easy escape.

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