Security & Safety Issues For Your Home Or Business

You may want to put security measures in place to protect you home or maybe your business, but sometimes security measures can actually become a safety concern and could potentially backfire on you. For instance putting bars or grills on your windows may make you feel safer in that you can keep any intruders out, but if you have a fire in the house these windows could have been your best escape route if it weren`t for those bars or grills.

It is very important that you don`t block any doors or windows which are a potential escape route in the event of a fire or an explosion in your home or business. So if you do have security bars or screens on your windows please ensure they are fitted with a quick release mechanism from the inside so you can take them off quickly and with the minimum of fuss. It is also important that everyone who uses your home or business knows how to use the quick release devices on your doors, as if you are the only one with this information and you are out when a fire occurs it would become a major problem.

You need to identify at least two escape routes from every room you have, this way if one is blocked by some occurrence you can escape through the other, and it is wise to go through an escape plan with all your family or business colleagues at least twice a year so they all know the plan and how to exit the building as quickly as possible.

Padlocks on doors or windows can be a major problem if you need to get out quickly so they are not always a good idea, I would think twice before having your door or window padlocked.

And when you are arranging the furniture in your home or office building ensure that you are not blocking any of the windows or doors with furniture, for instance do not have a large bookcase up against a window that could be a potential escape route in the event of an emergency. Also never nail or paint your windows shut as this can be a lethal option if you have a fire. There are many different types of windows now that open so you can have easy access into the street if required. Smyth Window Systems do a great variety of windows that could be of great benefit for you both from a security and safety point of view.


Different Types Of Glass For Your Windows

If you are looking at getting some new windows for your home, or you may need some for your offices, then bear in mind that there are a few different types of glass that you can choose from, depending on your circumstances and your disposition. Let`s take a look at a few of these.

Float glass, or OptiFloat glass as it is sometimes known, is the regular type of glass in most of the windows you see around you. It is used as the outer pane of glass in thermally efficient double glazed windows. The inner pane can often be a low E type of glass. If you use OptiFloat glass that is over 6mm in thickness it can be very useful if you need a strong glass that will prove very tough and durable, and can also be used in greater spans, it has reduced deflection, high daylight transmission and can reduce noise from the outside. If you want an even tougher glass you can laminate it which will give you more safety and security.

As well as clear OptiFloat glass you can also get it in opal, which gives you the diffused natural light of a translucent glass. There is also tinted OptiFloat glass which will give you a tint effect and can be very attractive as well as reducing the glare through a window. Another one is OptiFloat satin which gives you just as much light as clear glass but also diffuses the light and gives you a little extra privacy.

Another type of glass is Low Iron glass. This is a specially developed float glass which gives you a neutral clear appearance, high light transmission if you compare it with your normal float glass, and it is useful for commercial applications if you need an improved performance.

Low E, Hard Coat Glass is an on-line coated low E glass which is very popular and can be supplied as toughened or laminated glass. Low E glass has a microscopically thin transparent coating, and this thin coating creates a really strong bond which is very durable during fabrication.

Low E, Soft Coat Glass is an off-line coated low E glass which actually gives a superior performance than the Hard Coat glass. It has good thermal insulation and high light transmission. It does require some careful handling during the manufacturing process but these Low E sealed units can provide the lowest `U` values available.

I hope this has given you some interesting information various glasses available and it will help you make a more informed choice.

Smyth Window Systems

My Magical New Windows

Isn`t a childs imagination a wonderful thing? I am going to give you an account of the day our house had new windows put in and how as a small boy it seemed to transform my whole universe. Here is a recount of my feelings and what I saw on that magical day.

It was a Monday morning, but this particular Monday I rose excitedly bright and early from my bed and hurried downstairs. This was not because I was looking forward to school, and it wasn`t even because it was a school holiday, it was because my Mum and Dad had ordered new windows for our home including my bedroom window!! And they were going to be double glazed windows too!! I was beside myself with excitement!

“What time are the window men coming” I blurted out to my Mum who had only just emerged from bed herself and was just putting the kettle on. “9.00 but its not yet 7.30 so please calm down!!” I calmed down, at least for my breakfast, and sat there looking at the clock in the kitchen.

Let me give you a bit of background information. We weren`t a rich family, weren`t desperately poor as Dad had a job at the Post Office but there were 3 kids to feed and bills and clothes and food and as my Mum often said money doesn`t grow on trees. The house was in a bit of a state, especially my bedroom window. Draughts got through the side so it was bitterly cold in the winter, it was scratched and dirty both inside and out with mould often forming on the sills, and I couldn`t see through it properly, and when I did the marks and scratches made me conjure up ghosts and bogey men in the twilight as my fevered mind would play tricks with me.

Then the window men came. They were nice men which was unusual and they smiled and chatted to me as they went about their work as I watched. My window was done in about 90 minutes flat and it was awesome!!!! The sun had come out and was blasting through the new double glazing, there was no noise from outside for the first time I can ever remember.

The window seemed twice as wide as normal and something magical was happening. I could suddenly see hot air balloons billowing up into the sky, a huge rainbow emerged with a young lady sat astride it waving at me, and I could see New York right outside, people with cool hats on scurrying across the streets, bright yellow taxis everywhere, theatres, cafes and restaurants on every corner, and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see.

The scene swiftly changed to Sydney harbour bridge and then onto Africa where I watched wildebeest, lions, snakes and monkeys from my window. I spent an age staring out at all these scenes, entranced and bewiched, until my Mum called me down for tea.

I had these visions many times through my childhood, sometimes whilst looking through my window and sometimes whilst sleeping and although they weren`t real they were some of the best times of my life. And all because of my brand new magical window.