Essential Window and Door Safety Information For Homeowners


Why Check?

What you need to do

All safety glazing must be visibly marked on the glass. If the 'visible markings' on the safety glazing material is not clear or you have any concerns about whether the safety glazing has been installed to the correct standard, you should go back to the original window installer and seek advice. If you are not happy with their response, you should contact FENSA

Safety Glazing is:

Identifying 'Critical Locations in your home

The shaded areas (see Figure 1) are critical locations which require the use of safety glass. These are:

Those areas of internal and external walls that are considered 'critical locations' in terms of safety are:

  1. (a) Between the finished floor level and 1500mm above that level in doors and in side panels which are within 300 mm of either edge of the door.
  2. (b) Between the finished floor level and 800mm above that level in the case of windows not included in note (a) above.
  3. (c) Glazing in Bathing Areas: Any glazing forming part of a bath or shower screen, or located adjacent to, or surrounding, a bath, swimming pool, or other associated wet areas, constitutes s potential danger because of the possibility of a person slipping on a wet surface, In these cases, all glazing should be Safety Glazing conforming to BS 6262-4 : 2005.
    A window within 800mm of the bottom of a bath or shower should be safety glass.