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Tempered glass is heat-treated to withstand greater pressure, making it less likely to be broken. If it should break, tempered glass will fracture into tiny pieces intended to not seriously cut anyone who should come into contact with it. This makes tempered glass ideal for areas where a person may walk or fall into windows, such as on a patio door or a window where the glass reaches the floor. Building code typically requires tempered glass for areas such as this.

Another area where you will find tempered glass is in large windows next to bathtubs. If you slip in a tub or bathroom and fall through a window that does not have tempered glass, the results could be tragic. Tempered glass is also used in the side windows of cars to reduce injury in the event of a collision. Tempered glass is just one of the many ways that innovative technology is being used to keep us safer in our homes.

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