Egress Windows Ontario: An egress window can be your best escape route in an emergency, and if you are putting in a basement bedroom, they are a requirement. Find out about the laws regarding egress windows and why they are important. Keep safe and contact Budget Windows and Doors today to install yours.
Egress Windows Ontario: What Are They and Why Are They Important?
Egress windows are windows that are large enough for you to escape from in an emergency and for firefighters or rescue workers to enter your home.
An egress window doesn't have to be a particular style or window; they can be a sliding or casement style window. The important thing about an egress window is that it is large enough to get out of and easy enough to open in an emergency.
Egress windows are essential, lifesaving escape hatches that can mean the difference between life and death during a fire or other natural disaster.
An egress window is one that is large enough for you to climb out of in an emergency
Should I Install Egress Windows?
For Emergency Escapes:
If you have an older home, it may have been built before there were any egress window requirements, and therefore, you may not have a safe way to exit your home during a fire if the stairway is blocked.
It is a good idea to check you current windows in your home to see if they are large enough for you and your family to escape from or firefighters to get in during an emergency.
An egress window could save your life during a fire
Open your window fully and measure the length and width to see if the opening meets the required 0.35 square metres. You do this by multiplying the width by the length.
For example, if your window is 0.5 m by 0.5 m then it would be only 0.25 square metres and not large enough for an easy escape.
If your windows are not large enough and cannot be easily opened from the inside without the use of tools, you may want to consider installing egress windows.
For Basement Renovations
If you are going to be renovating your basement, you need to make sure that you follow the building permit requirements set out by your local municipality.
For example, in the city of Waterloo, you must install egress windows if you are going to be installing bedrooms in your basement and you don't have a door that provides direct access to the outside.
Click here to see a detailed drawing of the minimum requirements for an egress window from the city of Waterloo
Click here for a detailed drawing from the city of Kitchener
Click here for the minimum requirements from the city of Guelph.
If you are adding a basement bedroom, make sure that it has direct access to the exterior through either a door or egress window
Unless you have a door in your basement that provides direct access to the outside of your home, you need to have at least one egress window that will provide an easy escape route in case of an emergency.
The Ontario Building Code 188.8.131.52 requires that every floor level containing a bedroom in a suite, needs to have at least one outside window that can be opened from the inside without using tools, provides an unobstructed open portion that is at least 0.35 square metres in size with no dimension less than 380 mm, and that the opening does not need any additional support.
If the window is a sliding window, the minimum size of the actual opening needs to be no less than 0.35 square metres in size with no dimension less than 380 mm.
If the window opens into a window well, then you need to have a clearance of at least 550 mm in front of the window.
If your egress window opens into a well need a clearance of at least 550 mm in front of the window
The National Building Code of Canada states than unless a suite has a sprinkler system installed, each bedroom has to have at least one outside window or exterior door that can be operated from the inside without the use of a key or a special tool. The Ontario Building Code however, only requires that each level has an appropriate door or window for escape.
This doesn't mean that you can can have a bedroom with no window at all. The building codes also requires that you have a window that provides light for at least 5% of the floor area served and ventilation at least 0.28 square metres or an adequate year-round mechanical ventilation.
Egress windows can make your home more safe
Trust Budget Windows & Doors for Egress Windows Ontario
If you would like to install egress windows in your home to make sure that you have a proper escape route for you and your family during an emergency, or you are renovating your basement and are going to be putting in at least one bedroom, then contact Budget Windows & Doors.
We can safely install egress windows for you that will meet local building codes and keep your family safe. If you currently have egress windows and they they to be repaired, we can also help!
Budget Window & Doors is your best choice for home window replacement and repairs in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford and surrounding areas.
We have over 20 years of experience in window and doors industry and can recommend the right solution to maximize the value you get from your home improvement dollar.
Contact the team at Budget Windows & Doors today for your egress window installation or repair.
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