We are all pretty familiar with the concept of an emergency evacuation system. Most people know how to use it when they are at home or in their car. Most people probably don’t know that in many cases, this same system can be used for home protection. The reason for this is because a fire alarm can not only sound an alarm for any fire or intruder but also let you know if the doors are open and if anyone is home. This is essential because it gives you time to get to safety.
How does an emergency egress system work? First, the person at the front of the house or within the basement must manually contact the main entrance to the house. The key is to know if there is anybody home and if not, whether they can be contacted immediately. The key is to know the quickest way to get to safety. If the basement is not connected to the main entrance, the person in charge of the system will place a signal device on the floor near the front door and signal to an on-site fire hydrant and emergency response team.
Once the person knows the quickest way out, he or she will use an air supply source to force open the basement window systems in order to gain access to the upper levels of the home. These systems include a wedge type opening device which is used to gain access into the upper living spaces while blocking any obstructions such as walls or windows. There are also window systems available that include a retractable awning that allows complete vision from the inside of the house but can block the natural light from the outside. In some cases, the window systems have a second door which allows entry from the exterior into the living area. These are examples of the types of egress systems that include a window system.
One of the most important benefits of using a plated door with a solid plywood window frame is that it provides full window protection. Most window systems consist of a solid plywood window which is fitted to plastic window frames which are glued into a plastic core. These plated frames are secured to the core with a steel bolt. The advantage of this is that it provides full frame protection along with the ability to prevent heat transfer during cold weather. A plated door will also provide UV protection and will keep the elements outside of the building so they do not impact the structure of the home.
During cold weather conditions, the photo-luminescent warning sign must be visible. Most plated doors can be seen in the daylight because the photo-luminescent coating in the door is transparent. The coating will change colors as it becomes depleted of energy. When this occurs, the warning sign will turn red and a trained eye will be required to manually reset the plating back to its original state.
Natural light is another major factor to consider when designing a reliable, safe and functional basement egress system. Windows should be placed at an angle to provide easy access to the entire floor level. These windows should also be made of high-quality materials because they will be exposed to harsh environmental conditions, such as strong winds, rain and sun. A good natural light system in place will also provide an excellent source of lighting during nighttime. Basement egress windows should be constructed with minimal obstructions. They are usually placed toward the rear or to the front of the house to facilitate easy entry and removal of personnel, equipment and materials in an emergency.
Path markings are a vital component of an effective emergency egress system. These markings will provide the foundation for any security measures that are in place. Path markings consist of a series of vertical and horizontal lines that demarcate a defined path from one floor level to another. These path markings should be visible from a defined point inside of the building and should be fairly easy to follow. Good path markings will assist personnel in moving through various types of buildings and structures, including commercial ones.
When coupled with windows, doors, skylights, vents and other critical components of a solid basement egress system, skylights can help people easily evacuate a building in a crisis. This type of exit will make entering a building a safer and easier process. Properly installed, skylights can enhance the safety of an entire building and its occupants.