This is photo of a typical window well in an area home recently inspected in Castle Rock Colorado. It has a safety cover over it which is very important, and is of sufficient size to allow egress from the basement area in the event of a fire or other emergency. Window wells at a depth of 44 inches or greater, should be fitted with a ladder which is at least 12″ wide, to provide easy escape for anyone needing to use the window to exit the home. In this case, the depth of the window well is approximately 40 inches, so a ladder is not required. This is a good thing to check in your home, to make sure your family can use a basement window to exit the building if a situation arises in which it becomes necessary.