Whether you are looking to replace the windows in your home or simply want to familiarize yourself with proper safety regulations, e-gress windows play an important role as they provide emergency exits in the event of a fire.
What are e-gress windows?
The term “egress” is defined as the action of going out or leaving a place. Similarly, e-gress windows must be large enough (determined by provincial regulations) for entry or exit in case of an emergency. Generally, they are required in specific locations in a house such as in the basement or in a bedroom. The windows must meet specific criteria such as size, quality, and various other requirements in order to qualify as an e-gress window.
It’s important to make sure you are hiring a contractor you trust to ensure your windows meet the provincial fire code standard. Failure to comply is both a violation of the law and extremely dangerous in the event of an emergency.
What is the minimum size of e-gress windows?
E-gress windows must have unobstructed openings with areas of at least 0.35 meters2 and with no dimension less than 380 millimeters. As well, It is recommended that the sill of the window is not higher than 1.5 meters above the floor for easy access in an emergency.
When should you get e-gress windows?
According to The Public Health Act, for buildings of 3 stories or less, each bedroom should have at least one outside window which may be opened from the inside without the use of tools or special knowledge.
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