Safety Of Windows In High-rise Environment
BCA and HDB issued a joint statement on 20 February 2004, announcing measures to ensure window safety in private and HDB estates. Click on the FAQs that further explain and clarify concerns raised by the public.
For a copy of window maintenance leaflet, click here.
For a copy of window safety days poster, click here.
Proper Maintenance Of Windows
The windows in your home can deteriorate over time due to wear and tear. If not maintained properly, they can fall off posing a serious hazard to persons below such buildings. It is therefore important that windows are checked regularly, and repaired where necessary, to ensure they remain safe and secure.
Under the law, there are certain liabilities imposed on property owners and Management Corporations to maintain their private or common property, including windows, so that they do not pose a danger to other users.
GENERAL GUIDE TO WINDOW MAINTENANCE:
- Check rivets and screws and if they are made of aluminium, they should be replaced with stainless steel ones.
- Clean and remove dirt from the joints/moveable parts such as the hinges, sliding shoes, and track, at least twice a year.
- Lubricate or grease these areas, as well as the pivoting points at least once every 6 months.
- Check the action of the windows, clear the stiffness by applying light oil or spray lubricant to the joints/moveable parts and then open and close the windows several times.
- Check the glass panes for cracks or loose panes.
- If any part of the window (e.g. rivets, screws, safety catch, roller, rubber gasket that holds the glass pane) is loose/corroded/missing, you should engage an approved window contractor to repair the window. The repair work should ensure that:
- The moveable parts are properly and securely attached to the fixed frame of the window.
- All loose screws are tightened.
- For graphic details on proper window maintenance, click here.
- If you need to know more about how to maintain some common types of window installations, click here.