Egress windows play a large part in both safety and classification of Minnesota homes. Any room to be classified as a bedroom below the main level of a home is required by state law to have an egress window if it does not contain a door leading directly to the exterior of the home.
The minimum code requirements for an egress window are as follows:
One of the most basic ways to understand the reasons behind these measurements is simply: SAFETY. Not only must a human being be able to quickly and easily exit the room in the case of an emergency, but a firefighter in full gear with air tanks must also be able to fit through the opening and move freely within the well.