What if your children’s lives depended on it?
The “Fire Code” standard of the National Building Code (NBC 126.96.36.199 & A-188.8.131.52) refers to windows or doors being used as emergency exits in bedrooms.
This requirement exists to ensure the evacuation of a building in case of fire. This is not a recent National Building Code standard; rather that, in recent years, we have seen a renewal of this requirement from municipal inspectors and architects. If the blueprints identify a room as a home office, once you receive building approval, you can no longer use it as a bedroom!
So, if you recently applied for a construction or renovation plan, there is a good chance that the architect required the installation of “Egress” windows for main floor or basement bedrooms. The safety of all family members, especially the safety of your children, is at stake. For this reason, Egress-certified windows are equipped with a simple operating mechanism that requires no additional tools, so that a child can easily get out in case of an emergency if normal exits cannot be used.
Fenplast doors and windows can of course be Egress-certified. Only the dimensions of doors and windows influence compliance.
If you are planning to set up a basement bedroom for your teenager in the near future and the room does not comply with the National Building Code for emergency exits, the following section will offer you an interesting option!
Window wells: the solution for a bright and secure basement!
Standard window wells (curbs) are even more economical. These are used when the threshold clearance of a window is not adequate in relation to the ground level. They help reduce rotting window sills and improve drainage around them. Good drainage limits problems related to humidity and water infiltration. Despite these benefits, standard window wells are not recognized as exit routes (egress).
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