Before you can do anything about replacing your broken window, you have to make sure that you get the glass cleared away safely. Even the smallest pieces of glass can hurt you, your family, or anyone you get to replace the broken window. When you get ready to clear away and dispose of the glass, you need to know the safest way possible.
Get a Good Pair of Gloves
Before you do anything, you need to make sure that you have a good set of work gloves. The gloves should be nice and thick so that the glass can't easily pierce them. Ideally, you either want thick leather gloves or gloves that have reinforcement around the fingers and palm. The gloves should also be slightly roughened. If the gloves are too slick, you won't be able to get a good grip on the glass.
Get Eye Protection
If you have to remove any glass from the window frame, you need to make sure that you protect your eyes. Getting a pair of safety glasses or goggles is much less expensive than having to go the hospital to have some glass taken out of your eye.
Snap the Glass Out
You don't want to have any glass left over in the frame. That means you are going to have to break it out. One way to do that is to just snap the glass out of the window. With your gloves and eye protection on, wearing long sleeves and pants, and shoes with closed toes, grab the glass by the frame. Wiggle it back and forth until it breaks right by the base. If you are worried about how the glass will break, you can get a tool from the hardware store which will let you score the glass so that it will break easily. You don't want to hit it with a hammer or anything that would shatter the glass. It's safer to take out a big piece than it is to break the big pieces into smaller pieces that could get lost.
Find a Box
Glass pieces are still dangerous even if you put them in a bag. Find a cardboard box to put them in. Once you have put all the glass in the box and swept the area, secure the box with tape. That will keep the glass all in one place and keep it from hurting anyone. Then you can put it into your trash can. You may want to write glass on the box so that the garbage men are careful with the box and don't get hurt.
Before you get the glass in your window replaced, you need to make sure that you get rid of the glass safely. Contact Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc to learn more about glass safety.