|The Home Inspection Newsletter|
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Is Your Basement Safe for Escape?
Prior to 2004, if you had a bedroom in your basement, it was required to have a second form of egress from the basement. An escape window, Bilco door, or exit door if was a direct walk out from the basement.
After 2004, the building code was upgraded to include any finished basement finished after 2004 is required to have a second form of escape for fire safety. If a finished basement area was completed after 2004 without a building permit and no second form of escape, it represents a MAJOR DEFECT in a Building Structural Inspection.
The following are the specs for these escape requirements.
- WINDOW ESCAPE WINDOW BELOW GRADE:
- Window must be no higher than 44 inches off the sill height, minimum 36 inches wide, and opening of 9sq. ft. These openings must egress to on to a public area without obstruction.
- IF there is a bedroom in the finished basement, the escape window must be in the bedroom.
- ESCAPE DOORS:
- Standard 36x80 inch doors are acceptable and must open outward to a minimum of a 3 foot landing as wide as the 36 in. door.
- Metal insulated would be preferred.
If a client or prospect has a home that does not meet code, we recommend that it be brought up to code before going on the market.
Call me at (518) 577-7707 or send me an email if you have any questions, and for recommendations.
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