43 cases of fallen windows this year, homeowners reminded to perform regular checks

Published:Dec 6, 202305:03

SINGAPORE: There had been 43 cases of fallen windows within the first 11 months of this 12 months, largely involving casement windows, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Housing Development Board (HDB) stated on Saturday (Dec 11).According to the joint launch, 22 cases concerned casement windows, 16 had been sliding windows and 5 had been different window varieties corresponding to louvre windows.There had been additionally no accidents from the cases reported, stated BCA and HDB. Corroded aluminum rivets had been discovered to be the primary trigger of fallen casement windows. Homeowners have been required since 2004 to substitute all aluminum rivets in such windows with stainless-steel ones.BCA and HDB suggested homeowners to examine that fasteners should not rusty or unfastened each six months. Joints and transferring components must also be oiled.Sliding windows largely fall due to the shortage of correct security stoppers and angle strips.The authorities stated window panels detach and fall when "excessive outward force" is utilized when opening or closing them. Homeowners had been suggested to guarantee such stoppers and angle strips are in place, and promptly changed when worn out.During the identical interval this 12 months, BCA stated it was alerted to 12 cases of windows that weren't well-maintained and on the verge of changing into dislodged."For public safety, BCA worked with HDB in engaging owners of these cases to quickly appoint an approved window contractor to check and repair their windows," stated the authorities. BCA group director for constructing resilience Thanabal Kaliannan stated: "As Singapore has many high-rise buildings and a dense constructed surroundings, every fallen window is harmful that might probably trigger loss of life or severe accidents."All homeowners and occupants can play a part to mitigate this risk by checking and maintaining their windows regularly."Homeowners who haven't changed all aluminum rivets in casement windows with stainless-steel ones could possibly be fined up to S$5,000, jailed for up to six months, or each.In cases of fallen windows due to lack of upkeep, homeowners might face a superb of up to S$10,000, up to one 12 months in jail, or each. 
Since 2006, a complete of 388 individuals have been fined and 92 prosecuted for fallen windows.

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