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Just what is a basement emergency egress, really?

Just what is a basement emergency egress, really? There are some of us who have little idea of what a basement emergency egress means; and there are others who don't know what said item is for. Well, luckily, one Internet site on concrete cutting shed some light by providing its own definition of the word "egress". And according to the article, an "egress" refers to an opening, made for allowing an entry/exit from a structured building - be it at home or in a commercial building.

Since that covers the reference of the egress, it can be easy to say that a basement emergency egress is the egress built as an access point to the basement of the structure - not to mention its purpose as an emergency exit from the building. It can also be obvious that this emergency egress is a necessity in case of misfortunes such as household fire. Among the emergency egress products, some notable examples include the emergency egress window and the emergency doorway (should the basement be on the ground level, as with the rest of the house).

For the construction of this basement emergency egress, a household must abide by the building codes regarding the determination of the egress size, shapes or dimensions, or the egress type to be constructed to an area of the structure. One usual building policy is that in most states, emergency egresses such as windows and doors are a requirement for any given household structure; another policy is the requirement of at least one window for every room, especially the bedrooms and the basements. Again, these policies are for the common good of the people residing in these buildings, for the sake of safety and security.

In the case of basement emergency egress windows, it should be noted that these windows allow residing occupants to escape from harm easily. Depending on the windows' size and dimensions, these egresses may make this escape easy or difficult for the people to get out. With that, it is without a question that emergency windows shouldn't be too small, and no obstructions should be present (such as grilled windows) for escape to be possible.

Going back to the concept of basement emergency egress, it should be a reminder that issues concerned include quality standards. These emergency egresses should be constructed of high-quality material, with respectable durability and resistance to heat, bad weather, and force and manipulation. In cases of fire escapes, it would be best for egresses to not be constructed out of soft wood, obviously because fire catches on to wood much easily. Emergency escape routes should also be considered as a secondary option in leaving the household in worst-case scenarios.

In conclusion, a basement emergency egress is one necessary piece of addition to the household. Any family or individual living in a structured residential or commercial building should possess one for the sake of safety and security. But for a basement emergency egress to be efficient and worthy, one must take measures to have it constructed in areas of the structure, particularly the basement. That said, as long as the egresses are properly made, then anyone living will feel more safe from outside forces.

Concrete Doorway Cutting Service. (n.d.) Concrete foundation egress door and windows. Retrieved on April 24, 2011, from

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