One of the main things to consider for any basement bedroom is a window. Not only do you want a window that opens for fresh air, and daylight, but you also need to be able to escape out of that window in the event of a fire.
The building codes in every area will focus on bedroom windows being a certain size so adults or children can climb out of them, and there will be a requirement that bedroom windows be no higher than a certain number of inches off the ground, so in emergency, anyone can get out.
A door can often be used instead of a window, but you want to consider the safety issue of getting outside in an emergency too. A keyed deadbolt isn't considered safe by fire departments, especially for sleeping areas - in a dark room, in the middle of an emergency, the last thing you want to worry about is finding the key that unlocks a deadbolt. That's why firecodes are so strict about style of locks - locks can lock you in, as well as lock the burglars out. And by all means - don't sleep in a room where the window escape is blocked by bars.... more