Our 2 year old has sliding closet doors in his room that are mirrored. He likes to push against them and bang into them. We're worried he's going to break them and could injure himself with the broken glass. Has anyone removed their doors? We're thinking about it.

asked 16 Nov '09, 03:52

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A third way would be to use a protective film over the glass. There are various products available that stop the glass shattering when broken, so your child might still get a little cut if they break the glass but it would limit the effect greatly.

Disclaimer: I haven't used any of these products myself.

Vision window films sell the Clear 100 Micron Safety Window Film, which costs £9 for a sheet.

Clear safety window film is 100 microns thick and conforms to BS6206 Class B which is the standard for Health & Safety in the Workplace 1992 Regulation 14. When safety film is installed, the glass will be the same standard as laminated glass or safety glass (when it has had time to dry). When under impact the 100 micron (4mil or 4/1000th”) clear safety window film will hold the harmful shards of glass in place. These shards are extremely dangerous and are what causes injury and even death. Safety film is designed to hold the glass in place when under impacts such as a ball or a stone hitting it, someone falling into the glass and even hold up under impact from vandals or burglars.

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answered 16 Nov '09, 14:04

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That may improve safety, but it will still be expensive and a PITA to deal with it getting broken. Seems to me that replacing the glass would be a more prudent approach for a 2-year-old's room. But your suggestion is great for another room where you don't want to change the decor just for the kid's sake (they don't run the house after all).

(16 Nov '09, 20:20) lgritz
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@Igrit that is a fair point, but a film is better than leaving exposed glass and certainly cheaper than new doors. It may also be a problem getting new doors that fit correctly

(17 Nov '09, 12:44) Rich Seller

I agree with the idea sugested using window film. I have used window film on both internal glass doors for safety and an external glass door on a conseratory for security and a thermal shield and I know it works as I accidentaly broke a pane and the glass stayed intact until I replaced it.

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If the kid likes to bang on that door, I advise replacing it with wood. It is HIS/HER room, after all, and the fixtures in there ought to take a reasonable amount of 2-year-old punishment (including accidents, falling into it, bashing into it with another toy, etc.).

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answered 16 Nov '09, 20:18

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Being that they're mirrored it's a bit harder to call, but if they were glass I'd personally recommend removing the glass; I have a fear of glass+kids that's based on seeing my brother (at age 6) attempt to run at full speed through a closed glass door. Obviously he didn't see it was closed. The resultant injury was luckily not that bad, but the state of the door there-after was risky (his more permanent forehead scar is from tripping on a speed bump in a road). Now imagine if the accident occurred such that the child was inaccessible except through a broken glass door that you don't want to disturb because it might fall on him/her. Also I've had to hear many times about how my uncle lost his leg while sliding down a factory's glass roof; everyone agrees it wasn't the best idea but apparently there were 11 kids who were fine, and one who was not. Swinging glass doors are even a worse idea.

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answered 17 Nov '09, 07:44

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In my opinion, the main danger is not the glass breaking, but the fingers being crunched by the heavy door.

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answered 17 Nov '09, 10:06

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