Handling Broken Glass

Oops, your co-worker just backed the ladder into the picture window you were supposed to install this afternoon.  When an accident happens on the job site and window glass gets broken, take time to handle the situation–and the broken glass–safely.  

Simonton Windows offer the following tips for handling broken windows:

  • Do not pick up broken pieces of glass with bare hands. Put on heavy leather or safety gloves before handling glass pieces and try to sweep or vacuum up as much of the broken glass as possible without touching it.
  • Make sure that labels remain on all window units until your project is completely finished. This increases the visual awareness for all workers of where the glass is…whether the units are awaiting installation or have already been installed.
  • If you’re working on a remodeling project, secure children and pets outside the area where the broken glass is located before beginning a cleanup project.
  • If a window breaks, make sure to check for broken glass inside the home, within the frame of the window and outside the window area on the ground.
  • To clean up small particles of glass, use several thicknesses of wet paper towels and then discard safely. Cloth napkins, cloth towels, sponges or ordinary mops should not be used for clean up because they can harbor tiny glass particles.
  • To dispose of glass, carefully put it in a durable container (such as a sturdy box or plastic container) and label “broken glass.” Do not put glass shards or pieces in plastic bags.
  • If a window is broken, do not try to “knock out” remaining glass in the frame. Simply safely remove the loose and fallen pieces of glass and then make arrangements to replace or repair the window unit.
  • Immediately post a warning sign and/or secure the area where there is broken glass until it can be successfully cleaned up.
  • If the window is already installed and the entire window glass is broken out, cover the window to help prevent additional accidents or weather from coming into the home. Usually you can tape cardboard over the opening or heavy plastic as a temporary fix.
  • If the glass in a window gets broken, be sure to replacement it properly. Some windows have insulating glass units that contain harmless argon gas that helps in the window’s energy efficiency. A replacement unit should be ordered and installed that perfectly matches the IG unit supplied with the original window.

Tip of the week provided by Simonton Windows. Simonton can be reached at 800/746-6686 or at www.simonton.com