Drowning and the importance of Gold Coast Pool Safety.

Toughened Glass Pool Fences: Part 2 – Breakages and Safety

As you may know, Absolut Custom Glass are well-known in The Gold Coast for our Frameless and Semi-Frameless Glass Pool fencing installations – We especially install glass because we believe in its appeal, and its safety. But remember, that while the glass is safer, it is not 100% immune to breakages.

This is part 2 of Absolut’s discussion about Toughened Glass. You can read part 1 here.

Most typically toughened glass breakages happen because consumers ignore the sheer weight of the panels. If you consider it, modern manufacturing methods allow common panel sizes to be as much as 2 meters in length and 1.2 meters in height. This can rapidly equate to over 70kg per panel!

If you are fixed to follow a DIY Pool Fencing course, then Special ‘glass gloves’ should constantly be worn when handling glass to give some extra grip. And it is extremely important to follow safe lifting practices when lifting panels.
While breakages of toughened glass is rare they do happen and this is usually from a hard object coming into contact with the edge of the glass. Toughened glass is at its toughest in the middle of the panel and its weak point is at the edge. This takes place during the tempering process.

If breakage does occur it is essential to bear in mind what the panel weighed before it was broken, (Remember, 70kg!) because all that weight will now be on the floor in tiny little cubes of broken glass. Whilst there are no shards from breakages of broken toughened glass, the little pieces still have some pointy edges and can cause small cuts when dealing with. Always use a thick glove or even better, glass gloves when cleaning and don’t attempt to use your kitchen dustpan and brush. This will be too light-weight to deal with the weight. Ideally use a metal dustpan or a small shovel. And place into a rubbish bin that is solid enough to take the weight. Most recycle centres will not take tempered glass in Australia so for recycling contact your local glass providers to find out if there is a centre that is going to take the glass for recycling.

Here is an example of a broken glass panel – and what it takes to crack it from the right angle. Goes without saying, but please don’t try this at home.

If you ever have any thoughts about Glass types, thicknesses, or safe handling, please feel free to phone our knowledgeable team of pool fencing installers here at Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 We are undoubtedly always happy to speak about Gold Coast pool fencing.

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