Fire Escape Windows
There is a requirement to provide emergency egress windows to habitable rooms on the ground and first floor levels of up to two storey dwellings unless a protected route is provided from those rooms to the final exit.
All habitable rooms on the ground floor should either open directly into an entrance hall or other suitable exit or be provided with an escape window. Three storey properties do not require emergency egress windows from the ground and first floor habitable rooms, as they have to be provided with a protected route in any case.
This has had a great impact on which window frames can be used for escape purposes and where they can be used.
Windows which meet fire regulations are those with an unobstructed clear opening area which is at least 0.33m2, with a minimum clear opening dimension of 450mm in either height or width. The lowest part of the opening must be between 800mm and 1100mm from the floor.
Howarth Windows & Doors has developed clear solutions to meet escape regulations within many of its product ranges, including Stormproof, Sliding Sash and Flush Fit windows.
For more information on how Howarth Windows & Doors can assist with meeting the regulations for fire escape windows please contact us.