What are the minimum requirements for an emergency egress window?
An emergency escape opening is required out of every bedroom and basement. If a basement is finished and contains one or more bedrooms, the rooms other than the bedroom (s) are not required to have an emergency escape opening.
• Finished sill height shall be no more than 44 inches off of the finished floor
• The minimum clear openable height shall be at least 24 inches
• The minimum clear openable width shall be at least 20 inches
• The minimum clear openable area shall be at least 5.7 square feet. NOTE: One or both the clear openable height or width must exceed the minimum to comply with the minimum clear openable area
• Escape or rescue openings that are located below the adjacent ground elevation shall be provided with a window well complying with the following:
> A minimum clear area of at least 9 square feet
> A minimum dimension in any direction of 3 feet
> If window well is deeper than 44 inches, a permanently affixed ladder or steps usable with the stairs in the fully open position shall be provided.

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