E Is For Emergency:  How to Plan Egress Windows

E Is For Emergency: How to Plan Egress Windows

Your Egress window provides you an emergency exit in case of a fire. Having a working smoke detector in the home is key, but that’s only half the job done. You need to have an exit plan in place once the fire and smoke alarm starts blaring. An Egress window is one of the important safety features for your home and it will take good planning in terms of locations, size, design, etc. Finding experienced window professionals can offer you some key advice when planning for the installation of your Egress windows.

  1. Any area that the stairs is the sole escape route such as bedrooms on the top floor or a basement, will need an alternate escape path to the exterior of the home.
  2. Measurements:  It must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 sq. ft. The opening height must be at least 24 in., and the opening width must be at least 20 in.
    The bottom of the clear opening must be within 44 in. of the floor.
  3. An Egress window should be easy to operate.  Any type of window that requires several steps to operate will not work well in a  time of crisis and panic.
  4. Casement windows are typically the best choice as an Egress window.  The tall design and way of opening allows for easy an escape if needed.

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If you’re considering have new windows installed into your home, regardless of the style of windows you decide on, especially for the bedrooms or basement area – ask your installer whether these windows meet fire code requirements. For more information on new Egress window replacements in Mississauga, contact Custom Window Designs.  Their installers will provide you service that you can trust.


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