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    Mar 2007
    Healdsburg, CA

    Default Re: Safety glass needed for window

    Glazing in door - yes. Glazing in window above built-in seat - no.

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    Jerry McCarthy
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    Default Re: Safety glass needed for window

    I would disagree only if that is intended for a window seat for sitting at that table. In that case even if it were not code I would recommend safety glass or a barrier for safety. A child sitting in that seat leaning back from the table could easily bang their head through the glass. Now if it is just a shelf then OK but bottom line "safe is safe"

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    Mar 2007
    Fletcher, NC

    Default Re: Safety glass needed for window

    6. Glazing, in an individual fixed or operable panel adjacent
    to a door where the nearest vertical edge is within a
    24-inch (610 mm) arc of the door in a closed position
    and whose bottom edge is less than 60 inches (1524
    mm) above the floor or walking surface.

    That window is not within 24 inches of the door "in a closed position".

    Thus, that rules out the glazing around a door aspect.

    So let us move on to 'other' glazed panels.
    7. Glazing in an individual fixed or operable panel, other than those locations described in Items 5 and 6 above, that meets all of the following conditions:
    - 7.1. Exposed area of an individual pane larger than 9 square feet (0.836 m
    - 7.2. Bottom edge less than 18 inches (457 mm) above the floor.
    - 7.3. Top edge more than 36 inches (914 mm) above the floor.
    - 7.4. One or more walking surfaces within 36 inches (914 mm) horizontally of the glazing.

    That does not meet 7.1, so you can stop right there - the answer is 'No.'

    But, why stop there ...

    It does not meet 7.2 either.

    It does meet 7.3.

    It also does meet 7.4.

    BUT - that is not "ALL" of them, is it?

    The answer is, therefore, "No, ma'am, that glass is *not required* to be safety glass.", then add "But, you could have safety glass installed if it would make you feel better. There is also no prohibition against installing safety glass where it is not required, and, because fully tempered safety glass is much stronger than regular non-heat treated or non-fully tempered glass, the window glass would be MUCH stronger if you were to replace it with safety glass."

    Now, you have told her that it is not required, why it is not required, and why - if she wants to - she may want to go ahead and replace the glass with safety glass - her choice (assuming the client is a 'she', same applies to a 'he').

    Jerry Peck
    Construction/Litigation/Code Consultant - Retired


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