The lovely big new windows installed in this remodeled house “passed” the five point test to determine if they must be made with safety glass.
Safety glass required when window meets all 5 requirements:
1) is less than 18″ from floor
2) top of glass is more than 36″ above floor
3) sash glass exceeds 9 sq feet
4) walking surface within 3′
5) structure built/ remodeled after 1968)
And they were not, the buyers were not buying the home if the glass was not replaced because of the danger posed to their grand children who spend a lot of time with them.
Large windows can be very dangerous if someone falls through a window, particularly a large one where falling glass can act like a large blade unlike safety glass which will shatter into small pieces reducing injury’s.
It is illegal for a company to install regular plate glass in a window that requires tempered safety glass. If you are wondering if existing windows in your home are safety glass, look in the corners and you see etched into the glass the word “Tempered” if they are safety glass. It can be difficult sometimes to see it.