Exploding Shower Doors: What to know and how to check for issues
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Since January, there have been 42 reports of exploding glass shower doors according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
More than 2,000 people have taken trips to the emergency room the last five years due to shower doors.
That's because the federal laws dictate shower glass needs to be safety/tempered glass. Unlike normal glass, tempered glass is designed to break into thousands of pieces instead of large shards that could cut you.
The glass is designed to absorb energy, but if bumped into or struck with enough force, they could break.
Some glass manufacturers recommend checking the outer edges of your doors. Edges are most vulnerable to striking an object and chips or cracks in the edges could mean the door is losing stability.
Delta, a company known for their bathroom, sink, and shower fixtures states consumers should avoid slamming shower doors, avoid putting excessive weight on doors, and routinely check everything is functioning properly. Checking bumpers, making sure hardware is tight, and avoiding making contact with hard surfaces can help make sure you are safe.