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Safety is Top Priority – National Window Safety Week

April 4, 2023

Windows play an essential role in the design of any commercial building, as they provide natural light, ventilation, and a connection to the outside world. In honor of Window Safety Week, Quaker Commercial Windows & Doors would like to share with you the benefits of various window safety items, that can help prevent accidents and protect occupants, whether the building is a historical replication, multi-family housing, or a new hospitality or education facility.

Tempered or Laminated Glass

Tempered and laminated glass are two common types of safety glass that are often used in commercial windows, and particularly important for blast or impact rated projects. 

Tempered glass is heat-treated to make it more durable and resistant to breakage. If it does break, it shatters into small, dull pieces that are less likely to cause injury.

Laminated glass, on the other hand, is made up of two layers of glass and an interlayer that are chemically and mechanically bonded via a combination of pressure and heat. If the glass is shattered, the interlayer holds the glass together, reducing the risk of injury from flying shards. Laminated glass is also beneficial in improving sound transmission in noisier environments or urban areas. Both of these types of glass protection make it ideal for use in areas where there is a high risk of impact, such as near doors or in areas where children play.

Limited Travel Devices

Limited travel devices are designed to limit or restrict the distance that a window may be opened. They are particularly useful for high-rise buildings or buildings with multiple floors or in lower level buildings to prevent people, children or pets from accidentally falling from an open window. These devices can be installed on both sliding and casement windows and can be easily adjusted to allow for varying degrees of opening. There are several types of limited travel devices available, including window stops, or window guards such as a window operating control device (available as an option on all operating styles of Quaker Windows).

Security Screens

Security screens are an excellent option for commercial windows as they provide an additional layer of protection against potential damage or intruders. They are made from a strong, durable material that is difficult to cut or break and can be easily installed on existing windows. Security screens are particularly useful for ground floor windows or windows that are easily accessible from the outside.

Custodial Locking Systems

Custodial locking systems are designed to prevent unauthorized access and operation of windows, particularly in public buildings such as schools, multi-family housing, and hospitals. These systems are typically operated by a key or a special tool and can only be opened by authorized personnel. This feature helps to prevent accidents and ensures that windows are only opened for cleaning or maintenance purposes.

Additional Safety Considerations

In addition to these specific safety features, it’s important to ensure that all windows are properly installed and maintained. Occupants should be educated on the proper use and care of windows. Additionally, windows should be inspected regularly for damage or wear and tear, and any issues should be addressed promptly.

Window safety is an important consideration for any building, and Quaker Windows & Doors can provide these safety solutions for your next commercial project. By taking the necessary precautions, we can all help ensure that windows are safe and secure for everyone. To reach the Quaker Commercial Windows & Doors sales representative in your area, click HERE.