Originally Posted By: George Bucklin
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I think it may be useful to discuss fire escape issues regarding emergency egress from bedrooms. There are many code issues regarding this such as height and opening size of windows, burglar bars, and whether the window is on the main level, 2nd floor, or basement bedroom that have been discussed elsewhere. Let's assume code requirements are met. What would you tell the client regarding issues beyond code (what you would hope is common sense, but may not be)?
What I would like to see is what other inspectors may tell their clients in the following cases and suggest others chime in with ideas of their own.
1. 2nd floor (or higher) bedroom. Should the inspector suggest chain or rope emergency ladders?
2. Any window. Observe for and suggest clearing any obstructions between the window exterior and the ground? (Bushes, etc.)
3. Basement window wells. For those in northern climates what do you tell the client about the possibility of snow/ice blocking the egress well? If it has a cover do you suggest that the client be sure to clear it following a snow storm?
Perhaps you may believe that these issues are beyond the scope of an inspection. If so, please explain why? It seems that these are safety issues that would be readily observable.
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