Monday, June 17, 2013

Is that bedroom really a bedroom?

Is that bedroom in your basement really a bedroom? 
And is it safe? 

 If it doesn't have a way to escape -- 
IT is NOT!!!!

Too many times people are trapped in a burning house and cannot escape. All sleeping rooms must have two means of egress(escape). Typically these include one door and one window. The following was taken from the Wisconsin Universal Dwelling Code & Commentary 2004; Comm 21.03 Exits doors, and hallways R310.1. Emergency escape and rescue are required.

  •  Windows which are installed for exit purposes shall comply with the requirements of this subsection.
  • (a) The window shall be openable from the inside without the use of tools or the removal of a sash. If equipped with a storm or screen, it shall be openable from the inside.
  • (b) 1. The nominal size of the net clear window opening shall be at least 20 inches by 24 inches irrespective of the height or width. Nominal dimensions shall be determined by rounding up fractions of inches if they are _-inch or greater or rounding down fractions of inches if they are less than _-inch.
  • 2. No portion of the window, including stops, stools, meeting rails and operator arms, shall infringe on the required opening. 
  • (c) The area and dimension requirements of par. (b) may be infringed on by a storm window. 
  • (d) 1. For any window used for exiting, the lowest point of clear opening shall be no more that 60 inches above the floor. 
  • 2. If the lowest point of clear opening is more than 46 inches above the floor, a permanent platform or fixture shall be installed such that a flat surface at least 20 inches wide and 9 inches deep is located no more than 46 inches directly below the clear opening. 
  • 3. The topmost surface of the platform of fixture shall be no more than 24 inches above the floor. 
  • 4. The topmost surface of the platform or fixture shall support a live load of at least 200 pounds. 
  • 5. A Step used for the sole purpose of reaching the top of the platform  or fixtur4e is exempt from the requirements of s. Comm 21.04 (stairways and elevated areas)
  • (e) 1. An egress window with any point of clear opening below adjacent grade shall be provided with an areaway in accordance with this section. 
  • 2. The width of the areaway shall be at least equal to the width of the window. 
  • 3. The areaway shall be a minimum of 36 inches measured perpendicular from the outer surface of the below-grade wall. 
  • 4. If the  bottom of the areaway is more than 46 inches below adjacent g4rade or th4e top of the provided with a ladder or at least  one additional step to aid egress. Steps used to comply with the section are exempt form the requirements of s. Comm 21.04
  • International Residence code covers ladders, the Wisconsin UDC does not.
  • 6.The areaway shall be constructed such that water entering the areaway does not enter the dwelling.

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