Although bedroom windows are not considered to be ordinary escape routes, using them in an emergency has saved many occupants. In a very short time, and in as little as three minutes, a small fire in a room can build up and create conditions so hot that everything will suddenly burst into flames (flashover).
Create clouds of thick, black smoke that hang from the ceiling. Cause temperatures to reach 300°C (572°F) – hot enough to melt clothes to skin and scorch lungs. Create toxic gases like carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, and other irritants that affect eyes, nose, throat and lungs, numbing the senses. Therefore, it is important to have a simple plan of exiting a building when there is little or NO TIME, conditions are DARK, the room is HOT, and the environment is DEADLY.
Sunview Windows and Doors is experienced with egress codes in Edmonton and all over Alberta. If you have old basement windows that don't pass egress requirements, we will have a solution for you. Sunview even has a style of egress windows that are manufactured in Europe. These egress windows require a smaller rough opening which means you may be able to avoid costly concrete cuts and window wells, especially in the basement since windows are almost always in the foundation.