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The number of fallen windows this year has dropped to the lowest in the past five years. According to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), there were 40 cases in the first 11 months this year, compared to 67 cases in the same period last year.
SINGAPORE: The number of fallen windows this year has dropped to the lowest in the past five years.
According to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), there were 40 cases in the first 11 months this year, compared to 67 cases in the same period last year.
There were no injuries from the cases reported this year.
BCA said about six in 10 cases involved casement windows.
Most casement windows dislodged and fell when corroded aluminium rivets failed to secure the window panels to the window frame.
To reinforce the importance of window safety, BCA plans to provide homeowners with window maintenance tips through the mail.
Under the Building Control Order for the retrofitting of casement windows which came into effect in 2005, homeowners are required to change the aluminium rivets of casement windows with stainless steel ones.
This applies to windows in all residential units, except those in landed properties and the ground floor of buildings.
If homeowners fail to do so, they can be fined up to S$5,000 and/or face a jail term of up to six months.
In addition, if a window falls due to lack of maintenance, they could face up to a maximum fine of S$10,000 and/or jail term of up to one year.
To date, 256 people have been fined for fallen windows.
"Despite fewer fallen window incidents, homeowners should not take window safety for granted. All windows are subject to wear and tear and parts of the window can become loose or defective, causing windows to detach and fall. Hence, it is important that homeowners check and clean their windows regularly, and repair them if necessary," said Lim Chong Yong, director of building management department at BCA.
A list of BCA-approved window contractors and window maintenance tips can be found on the BCA website and HDB website.