With nearly 95% of homes, the stairway to the basement is located in or off of the kitchen area. The majority of home fires start in a kitchen or laundry room, potentially trapping family members in a basement with no method of escaping. With a modern egress window installed in your home, both adults and children can easily escape to safety.
Many homeowners with basements today are modernizing them to create an extra playroom, entertainment area, or even a bedroom for extended families. In many homes today, basement windows are “hopper” type windows, opening from the top and inward, making escaping through them very difficult. Many states have included IRC Egress in building codes that require an additional means of escape, and it is a requirement in most buildings with basements today.