Everybody Walks Into A Door At Some Point
It is a common fact that people occasionally walk into closed clear glass doors sometimes. As a matter of fact, one statistic claims that as many as 45,059,394 people per year walk into a glass door in the UK!
While this is often the stuff of amusing videos online, it truly is no laughing matter. This potential accident poses a major safety risk when the glass has not been treated to guard against breakage due to accidental human force, caused by accidentally falling on or walking into glass.
This safety hazard is why safety glass is required on all “Critical locations,” meaning doors and any glass outlets within 800 mm of the floor, in UK homes and offices. This rule was put in to place in the interest of user safety. The specific code is called British Standard 6206, and it was approved under the Trade Marks Act of 1994.
What Qualifies Doors As Safe For Use in the UK?
Safe doors come in all shapes, sizes, and budgets, making it easy for homeowners throughout the UK to adhere to the legal requirement that help keep them safe.
· Safety Glazing: By far the least expensive option, safety glazes work by covering the unprotected glass with a material that prevents breakage and holds the broken glass in place if the material is penetrated. It is not quite as strong as some of the other options, but it will help guard against breakage far better than if the glass were left untreated and vulnerable.
· Laminated Glass: This type of glass is actually multiple layers of glass held together by resin that’s designed to hold the glass in place position in case of shattering. It reduces the chances of injury caused by splintering and gives anyone in the vicinity the chance to get away from the broken glass unscathed. It’s used in buildings, and is also used in auto glass as well.
· Toughened Glass: The most expensive of the bunch, toughened glass covers both heat strengthened and tempered glass. It’s build to be significantly stronger than regular glass, and is less likely to break. In the event that it does break, though, the glass will often stay in place. Finally, should a tempered glass door be broken out in to several pieces, then odds are good that it’ll break apart in smaller smoother chunks, and pose less of a danger to people and property.
If you’re looking to replace your glass doors, and more specifically, if you’re shopping for strengthened glass, (as opposed to unprotected glass that will be treated with safety film later,) be sure to look for the mark of BS 6206. This will be a seal that is imprinted on the glass itself that verifies that said product has been tested to withstand impact of a certain force, and is therefore safe for use in your building in accordance with the law. By sticking to these laws and regulations, those occasional instances of walking into glass will remain the stuff of funny online videos, as opposed to something tragic and expensive, when an injury results.