In the UK there are fatalities every year due to children being cut by glass. Also there are lots of accidents to children when glass cups or bottles are broken. This is common worldwide.
Study the information below to help minimise safety hazards from glass to your children.
Glass Safety Tips
- Glass Safety film : you can buy this in rolls then cut to fit. It holds together glass if broken preventing it shattering and cutting children's hands in an accident. It is extremely cost effective.
- Add glass visibility markers to low lying glass. These can be colourful stickers or posters that could prevent children running into the glass.
- Safety glass is glass that is a lot less likely to break than normal glass and also much less likely to break in such a way so as to be dangerous. Typical designs of safety glass are :
- toughened (tempered) glass that has passed impact tests
- laminated glass
- wire mesh ("wired") glass
- For new houses in the UK & US all glass panels in doors and shower cubicles must be made from Safety Glass made to the relevant National Standards (in the UK this is BS 6206). However, in practice you should check the Safety Marks on each piece of glass individually to see if they actually comply.
- Do not keep tripping hazards such as rugs or toys anywhere near low lying glass panels
- Make sure areas with low lying glass panels are lit up well 24/7
- Clear up any broken glass straight after an accident in the home and keep children well clear.
- Be very careful with mirrors : these can have the same issues as glass. Make sure they are fixed and cannot be dragged onto children. These do not have to be of any particular safety standard.
- Greenhouses or outdoor houses do not come under the same legislation as indoor glass but if you have one you should get it checked out. Consider fencing it off.
- If you have children, avoid buying furniture with glass in the first place. If you must have it then make sure it meets the relevant safety standards (in the UK this is BS 7376 and BS 7449)
- If you already have glass furniture it is best to replace it. As a minimum you should add safety film.