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