Many of the accidents that can happen in the home are easily avoidable with some due diligence and common sense, especially in the bathroom.
We all know that it is important to protect small children from the nasties that can be found in the bathroom cabinet and therefore we can choose to put childproof safety locks on those cabinet doors.
The wet and slippery bathroom floors can be addressed by using non slip tiling and quality rubber backed bathmats.
Power points need to be well away from the sink and bathtub to avoid the possibility of an electrical appliance falling into water and as an extra precaution, it is also a good idea to remove the appliance from the power outlet after use, and put it away.
These are all examples of common sense precautions that will help to prevent accidents in the bathroom at home, however there is another major factor to be aware of in our bathrooms at home.
Toughened Safety Glass In Shower Screens Perth
Frameless and semi-frameless glass shower screens are becoming very popular in modern homes today as they make a big difference to the look and feel of any bathroom, whether it is a large or small area.
When it comes to having glazed shower screens installed in your bathroom, you need to do your homework and research the company that you intend purchasing your shower screens from, as it is very wise to make sure you are purchasing locally sourced or manufactured toughened glass.
Recently there have been cases where people have sustained major injuries caused to them by inferior glass that was used instead of toughened safety glass.
One incident involved exploding glass balustrading panels in Melbourne. This was more than likely due to imperfections present in the glass, which is more prevalent in imported glass that has not been sourced from a reputable glass company. This poor quality may be due to poor manufacturing standards.
Another incident resulted in a child being severely lacerated by an exploding shower screen panel that had been purchased from a local hardware store in Perth. The cause was undoubtedly a panel of glass that was incorrectly toughened to the AS 2088 manufacturing standards for glass where the particle size for the shattered glass was not of the correct size for the given thickness of glass.
When 10mm toughened glass is shattered ( as is the case with all test pieces for toughened glass in Australia) a particle count per given area is undertaken. This particle count must comply with the Australian Manufacturing Standards for Glass.
If the particle count does not comply with the standards, then the toughening plant is to be adjusted in its setting such that it does.
Generally when 10mm toughened glass shatters the size of the particles is such that, yes, it may cause minor cuts or scratches on the skin, but seldom cause any deep lacerations as was evident when the child was injured.
All Things Glass Are The Glaziers To Trust When Safety Counts
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