Franklin Wi Egress Window – Do I need an Egress Window?

Egress windows are windows that are designed to provide a safe means of exit from a building in case of an emergency, such as a fire. These windows are typically installed in bedrooms, basements, and other areas where people may sleep or spend significant amounts of time.

Code requires that and opening of an egress window be equal or greater than 5.7 square feet, with a minimum opening height of 24 inches, and a minimum opening width of 20 inches.  Window wells are required if the window is below ground level. Residential requirements will differ from commercial buildings.

Key features of egress windows include:

  1. Size: Egress windows must meet specific size requirements to allow for easy entry and exit. In the United States, these requirements are typically dictated by building codes and regulations, such as the International Residential Code (IRC). For example, the minimum opening height should be at least 24 inches, the minimum opening width should be at least 20 inches, and the minimum clear opening area should be at least 5.7 square feet.
  2. Location: Egress windows should be located at ground level or have a window well outside that allows for easy access. The window well should be large enough to accommodate an adult and provide sufficient clearance for escape.
  3. Accessibility: Egress windows should be operable from the inside without the use of keys, tools, or special knowledge. This ensures that occupants can quickly and easily open the window to escape in an emergency.
  4. Safety Features: Egress windows may include additional safety features such as built-in ladders or steps inside the window well to facilitate escape, especially for windows installed in basements or below-grade areas.
  5. Light and Ventilation: In addition to serving as emergency exits, egress windows also provide natural light and ventilation to the space, making it more comfortable and livable.

Egress windows are particularly important in basement bedrooms or other below-grade living spaces, where escape routes may be limited. Installing egress windows can help ensure the safety of occupants by providing a secondary means of exit in case of fire or other emergencies. It’s crucial to comply with local building codes and regulations when installing egress windows to ensure they meet safety standards and provide effective emergency escape routes.

Brewer Contracting can install your Egress Window, along with any additional products like the window wells and grates in your home here in Racine and Kenosha Wi.

Contact us with any questions or for an estimate on Egress Window Installations.

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