Broken glass can be one of the most terrifying events to have to come face to face with. Not only can the shards be sharp enough to cut into skin and cause injury; the mess left behind can pose a risk well into the future if it’s not tidied up correctly. Knowing what to do when you break a window doesn’t need a rocket scientist, in fact any good glazier will likely tell you that the event can be dealt with without any risk to you, your family, your pets, or even your furniture.
What can be done exactly?
If you don’t have a window shutter in place, you might be kicking yourself right about now. These useful accessories do more than just keep the sunlight out whilst looking good – they can also help to contain glass should the worst happen. If you have a shutter then you may want to consider using its presence to stop the potential for glass to spread further by closing it as much as possible; which can help to contain any further shards from falling and shattering.
If you don’t have one of these devices installed per window, then you may want to think about hiring a glazier for shutter installation at your earliest convenience. But if the glass window has already shattered and gone everywhere, the next thing that you will need to do is to consider your options. First, do you have any small children or pets close by? If so, lift them and place them out of harm’s way.
Although it can be risky to attempt to clear glass away, if you feel that it’s safe enough to remove the largest pieces and place them safely in a canvas bag (or a dustpan), then it might be worth doing so to avoid any further risk of injury. In our experience however, we’d always suggest that you call a glazier. These experts are typically highly effective glass specialists, with many offering repair and replacement services as standard.
Which is the best option?
If you’re facing a broken window there really aren’t any reasons why you should put yourself (or your family) in harm’s way. One of the most highly recommend things to do would be to get in touch with a local glazier and have them come out and take care of the incident. Not only might they be able to clear the glass from anywhere that it has been able to reach; they should also be able to help to secure any shards still present within the window frame – and then take care of the replacement.
If you contact a good glazier as soon as the window has broken, they should be able to offer advice over the phone (or via email) whilst you wait for them to arrive. In most cases you will likely find that walking away from the scene and leaving it for the attention of your glazier is the best option. In any event, try not to panic and be sure to keep those nearby away from harm until your expert can visit your home and take care of the matter. If necessary, they may even be able to take care of the replacement on the spot, too.