For SLIDING WINDOWS, safety stoppers and angle strips are needed to secure the window panels so that the panel will not be off track.
For CASEMENT WINDOWS, the friction stay must be of stainless steel grade 304, minimum 4 screws on each side friction stay with zinc casting corner brackets.
Past investigations showed that about 80% of the fallen windows were actually casement windows. The majority of them had fallen were due to corrosion of the aluminium rivets holding the friction stays and normal wear and tear.
Homeowners who fail to replace all aluminium rivets in casement windows with stainless steel rivets can be fined up to S$5,000 and/or sentenced to up to six months in jail. In addition, they can face up to a maximum of S$10,000 fine and/or jailed for up to one year if a window falls due to lack of maintenance. Since 2006, 326 people have been fined and 86 people prosecuted for fallen windows.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to check and maintain their windows regularly to ensure that they are safe. Preventive maintenance is so important that we strongly recommend that you check your windows twice yearly for a peace of mind. This will result in a safer living environment for everyone.
It is a MUST that HDB home owners appoint only BCA Approved Window Contractors listed with HDB to check, retrofit or install windows.