This small window lets a little light into a basement but it won’t let anyone out in an emergency.  In order to transform a basement into a safe living space there must a way to escape and for a fully-equipped rescuer to enter.

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It is also far too high.

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The answer is simply to get a very large saw and cut a much bigger hole.

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And leave sufficient space for a landing.

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A lid keeps out large critters and most leaves.

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