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lfergus1
Emergency Exit Open Spaces in Basement

I live in a Brooklyn, NY brownstone and I have two emergency exits in my basement...one is the exit towards the front of the house and is covered from the outside by a metal shed and is the size of a regular doorway. The other is the exit towards the backyard and is also covered by a metal shed but is a square half the size of a regular door opening. There's nothing covering these openings from the inside and it's easy for bugs to get into the basement and it's not very economical as far as heating is concerned. What can I install to cover the openings and still keep the emergency exit?

Fencepost
Re: Emergency Exit Open Spaces in Basement

For the larger one, you may be able to install a prehung exterior door with weatherstripping. Not sure on the smaller opening.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Emergency Exit Open Spaces in Basement

If this is a code-mandated and regulated situation, where the fire marshall is involved and lives are at stake, then any door will have to be outward-opening and have panic hardware.
Casey

dj1
Re: Emergency Exit Open Spaces in Basement

Emergency escape exits cannot be blocked, or they become useless in time of emergency. I hope there's enough clearance between the openings and the metal sheds.

You can install doors, even fabricate a custom door for the small exit, but they must be approved by the FD, so you don't become just another statistics. Check with your neighbors and see what they use in their emergency exists.

These doors will help you cut on heat loss, but bugs? they will still find a way in, no matter what...

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