Fire & Safety
95% of the homes built today have a stairway that comes up from the basement into the kitchen. Most home fires originate in either the kitchen or the laundry room of a home. If a fire occurs in the kitchen, you and/or your family members can be trapped in the basement. A window egress system will enable you to safely exit the basement to a safe place outside the house.
Every room used for the purpose of sleeping is required to have a direct opening to the outdoors, to allow for emergency escape and rescue. Unless your home has a walkout basement, you will need to include some form of egress for each sleeping room in a basement.
Fire safety is the cornerstone reason the IRC Egress Code has been enacted throughout the USA.Building & Planning Codes