Egress Window Systems
Egress window systems are a requirement in the national building code. While they add a lot of value to the home, they can also make your home more vulnerable.
Criminals are constantly looking for ways to get into your home. When they find the opportunity to gain entry, they’ll take it. It doesn’t matter whether it is a doggy door or an egress window. They’ll take advantage of any opportunity to bypass security in your home and get what they want.
If you’re concerned about your home’s security, a good place to start would be with your egress windows.
Enhancing Egress Window Security
Egress window systems are designed to provide an emergency exit from your home. They are also meant to provide emergency personnel such as firefighters with a point of entry into your home in case of an emergency. This means that they are meant to be easily accessed and should be large enough to allow an adult to climb in or out of the home.
According to building code requirements, egress windows should be opened without the need for keys or other special equipment. It can therefore be difficult to determine how to make egress window systems more secure. The following are some measures that you can take without going against building code requirements.
- Invest in a home security system
A home security system doesn’t require you to have the window locked. It will however, be triggered if the window were opened by a potential intruder. This will ensure that no one enters the home unnoticed. Be sure to stick the warning sticker on the window to alert any potential intruders of the system and deter them from trying to gain entry into your home.
- Invest in lighting
Keep the area around the egress window well lit. Intruders like to remain hidden. Installing lighting can deter them as it will be difficult to gain entry through the egress window unnoticed. Consider investing in a motion activated light, which will alert you of any movement near the window.
- Install motion detectors
Motion detectors are also a great way to deter intruders. Like a home security system, motion detectors will alert you in case someone tries to gain entry into the home through the egress window.
- Security bars
You may also want to consider installing security bars. However, building code requirements call for these to be easily opened. Consider security bars that can be screwed in or out.
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