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Safety Glass

Safety glass is thermally & physically stronger than normal glass. The manufacturing process of the safety glass induces compressive stresses in the surface of the glass which balance the tensile stresses in the interior.

It is very important to have safety glass where there is no possibility of it breaking where it can cut and injure people. Having safety glass where you use glass near a pool is an example.

Safety glass is also used in motor vehicles because of the risk of accidents. It would not be good to have normal glass in the windows because the risk of injury is almost guaranteed. In the united states it has been law since 1977 for all glass located near a floor or doorway to be safety glass, West Rand Auto Glass are experts in supplying and fitting safety glass into motor vehicles. We take pride in our work and thereby give customer satisfaction.

Safety glass or toughened glass is a glass that is processed by chemical control or thermal controlled treatments to increase the strength of normal glass. Tempered glass balances the internal stresses of the glass which makes the glass shatter into tiny chunks of glass instead of breaking off into razor sharp daggers.

As long as the small glass pieces of safety glass do fly into your eyes you should get out safe and untouched.

Safety glass is also used in frameless doors because normal glass would become dangerous if impacted. Tempered glass has been around for centuries.

For roof overhangs such as a sky light, just imagine for some reason the sky light is not safety glass and breaks. People are in the pool they could get injured and cut very badly, but on the other hand if it was safety glass the glass would just shatter into small fragments and there would be relatively low risk of injury.

In the manufacturing of the safety glass the glass has to be cut and shaped prior to the tempering because any scratches will cause the safety glass to fracture.

See also:

  1. Glass
  2. Tempered glass
  3. Window glass
  4. Windshields
  5. Windscreen replacement
 


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