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Does a French door have safety tempered glass?
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Any glazing in doors has been required by the major building codes to be safety glass since that late 1960s, and by the Consumer Products Safety Council since the late 1970s. So only very old French doors will have regular glass that shatters into dangerous shards when broken. The International Residential Code (IRC) and the Residential Edition of the Florida Building code (FBC) does have an exception for very small glass panels in doors: if a 3-inch sphere cannot pass through the opening, then it does not have to be safety glass. However, we know of no French doors with glass panels that small.
Go to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Safety Tempered Glass for links to all of our articles about safety tempered glass.
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