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Question DetailsAsked on 4/27/2015

Will i still need an egress window even though i have a doorway leading to outside in basement

Basement room has a small window with glass louvers

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Check with your local building department - commonly they have an explanatory flyer on their website regarding basement egress requirements.

The purpose of the egress window is to provide a second exit in case the house is on fire (or partly destroyed by storm) so people don't get trapped at the basement stairs up into the house. Therefore, assuming you have stairs up into the house already, a legal egress sized door straight outside (with apropriate steps up to ground level as needed) would almost always meet the requirements of a second egress from the basement.

"Legal egress doorway" definition varies by area some too - some areas allow 30 or 32"" minimum width, some only 36", and some require open out and have protection against drifted snow (a common emergency door requirement), others require it open inward so it cannot be blocked by snow or debris or stored stuff on the outside. Both are good reasons for openigng one way or the other - you can't have it both ways unless you do a sliding or rollup door, I guess.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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