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Old 02-23-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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What is the min. egress opening requirement for Quincy, MA
24" x 24"?


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Old 02-23-2011, 11:54 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by cfournier3 View Post
What is the min. egress opening requirement for Quincy, MA
24" x 24"?
5 square feet.

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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Make sure you buy a window that is certified as an "egress window". The size is for the open space with the casement(if it is that style) fully opened. Cheating by removing the casement with any tools is not allowed when there is a fire. Just because it seems to have a nice large opening is not enough, because it must be installed low enough for children egress and large enough for a fire-fighter with gear (including tanks) to fight the fire from the inside.

The height of the bottom of the opening (not always sill or rough opening) above the finished floor will probably be 42" or 44", depending on your locality, so call and check that.

Make sure the window is certified and installed at the proper height and you should be OK
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:32 PM   #4
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From my Harvey Catalog

"Typical egress requirements include 20" width and 24" height clear opening minimum dimensions AND 5.7 square feet of total minimum clear opening"

"clear opening" is the key phrase here
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