Asked by: Shaquana Joguet
asked in category: General Last Updated: 12th June, 2020

Does basement bedroom need egress window?

At a minimum the bottom of the window must be no more than 44 inches from the floor and that the actual opening be a minimum of 20 inches wide and 24 inches high. Without an egress window in case of fire, regulations simply won't allow a basement bedroom.

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People also ask, what qualifies a basement room as a bedroom?

Your basement does not qualify as a bedroom unless it has window dimensions that meet a list of particular requirements. Basically, bedroom windows must be large enough and low enough to enable emergency escape, and the window size must meet minimum standards to provide natural light and adequate ventilation.

Similarly, does a bedroom have to have an egress window? Egress windows (or doors) are required in every habitable space. Especially in any room used for sleeping purposes, it will require its own egress window. Without a means of egress, these rooms can represent a dangerous fire trap if you do not have a quick and easy to operate emergency egress escape window.

Then, do I need a egress window in my basement?

An egress window is typically mandatory in a finished basement. This means that you'll need to have a window large enough to provide entry or exit in an emergency situation. Typically, you'll be required to also have an egress well for the window, with an attached ladder or steps to get people out quickly and easily.

Is it safe to put a bedroom in the basement?

Essentially, bedrooms need a window large enough for a person to crawl through to get out of the house in an emergency. Small basement windows don't necessarily rule out putting in a bedroom; ask your contractor if it would be possible to put in larger replacement windows to meet egress requirements.

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