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- Complete "Emergency Escape Plan" checklist
- Draw a Map of your Home
- Plan 2 Escape Paths from Each Room
- Basement Egress Windows
Basements containing any habitable room (bedroom, family room, game room) must have an egress window.
As per the IRC 2015 the minimum requirements for an egress window are:
- Window opening can’t exceed 44” from the finished floor
- Minimum opening area of 5.7 square feet
- Minimum opening height is 24” high
IRC regulations get updated every 3 years.
- 2nd Story Escape Plan
Plan how to escape from the 2nd story of the property.
- Map escape routes leading down to the main level via stairs indoor or outdoors (if available)
- Place fire extinguishers throughout the house including on the 2nd floor
- Put fire escape ladders in all upstairs bedrooms. These are relatively inexpensive and can be deployed quickly
- In Case of Fire
- Review Emergency Plan with Tenants
Review the emergency plan with your tenants when they move in.
Most people fail to make emergency escape plans and since you've already made one for the property it won't require any extra effort and it may one day save their lives.
It will also serve as a reminder to you to review your own escape plan with your family for your current residence.