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Feel sick to think what could have happened

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Knocksomesense Wed 26-Feb-20 21:40:34

I was wfh this evening and I heard a bang, a shout and my eldest cried/shouted out. Not entirely unusual and I didn't particularly think anything of it.

Husband called for me urgently.

Ds1 and ds2 both were in the bath (aged 2 and 3) and dh was washing their hair. He moved the shower screen to reach the shower head and the hinge of the screen broke and the glass fell.

It hit Dh on the head, cutting him. Thank goodness he didn't pass out but there was blood pouring down his face.

The boys were covered in shampoo still. I sorted them out and dh tended to the cut.

The shower screen is a heavy, curved piece of glass and i feel sick to think what have happened if it hit one of the boys. If wasnt in. If dh would have been knocked out. My boys are only just 2 and 3 and the three year old is a young three.

I don't know where to take this issue. It's dangerous. How many other people have this shower screen/hinge.

Should I even do anything? Aibu??

ellelikespizza Wed 26-Feb-20 21:42:33

Maybe get a shower curtain moving forwards, you probably won't feel safe with the screen now!

Bookoo Wed 26-Feb-20 21:43:53

Bless you, you’ve had a fright. I think most parents have a “what almost happened moment.”

It was an accident, it will probably play on your mind for a bit but I don’t see anything to done here. Lots of household items are potentially dangerous.

SuperficialSuzie Wed 26-Feb-20 21:44:34

This happened to my parents. They weren't even using the bath, one of them was nearby brushing teeth when there was an almighty crack and the glass fell and shattered into the bath.

What a scare for you OP

hazell42 Wed 26-Feb-20 21:44:48

There is nowhere to take the issue
You had a near miss. It happens.
Thank your lucky stars
Give your kids a hug and forget about it
Buy a shower curtain

TheYeaSayer Wed 26-Feb-20 21:45:38

There was an accident with our big curved glass thing too, which also could have been fatal to my DC. Two DDs in bathroom, one just sort of leans on the knob of it and swings. The whole thing came off, narrowly missed her sister as it crashed down on the toilet, breaking the seat and chipping it and then shattered.
The bloody things should be banned.

Sorry you had this fright tonight, OP, glad everyone is (mostly) OK.

user1473878824 Wed 26-Feb-20 21:46:52

What @hazell42 said

CD14 Wed 26-Feb-20 21:47:41

Bless you. It’s normal to think ‘what if’ but your children are fine, your husband is fine.. albeit with a wound! We’ve all had these panicky moments.

We had a glass shower guard, but I decided to get rid. DS has autism and has a thing about owning and shutting things. It did end up hitting the sink (not DS) and smashing so we got rid and got w shower curtain. Doesn’t look as nice shut safer. 😀

ineedaholidaynow Wed 26-Feb-20 21:47:49

A similar thing happened to my parents' shower screen and luckily they weren't in the bathroom when it happened.

Knocksomesense Wed 26-Feb-20 21:48:15

Surely the plastic hinge was faulty? This terrifies me to think.

Herocomplex Wed 26-Feb-20 21:50:38

Sounds horrendous, what an awful shock.

If it’s any consolation things have happened in our house that could have had much worse outcomes. I bet most people would say the same.

Glad you’re all ok.

ThisMustBeMyDream Wed 26-Feb-20 21:54:02

Same thing happened to thr glass screen in my bathroom. It was already there when I moved in. Before I bought the house it was renovated, so it hadn't been up long. It fell off right next to my then 8 year old DS. He is 18 soon. We've just had a shower curtain since then....
Awful dangerous things...

Elizadoeslittle19 Wed 26-Feb-20 21:57:21

Gosh what a fright OP, that would have scared me too. However, not sure what you can do about it. If your shower screen was brand new and only fitted last week then yes perhaps it was faulty. But if its years old then not really sure there is anything you can do.
Glad your DC are ok and hopefully DHs head not too sore tomorrow flowers

TheYeaSayer Wed 26-Feb-20 21:58:48

12 posts and about half saying they’ve had something similar (or someone they know has). 😮

There surely needs to be more publicity about the dangers of these things.

porple Wed 26-Feb-20 22:00:40

sounds like such a shock, but im not sure what you can do or where you could take it to

Knocksomesense Wed 26-Feb-20 22:02:19

It's scary how many people it's happened to.

To be honest I wouldn't trust my 3 year old with a shower curtain as he has some issues with balance and coordination. He would likely fall through a shower curtain.

I wouldn't want compensation or anything as nothing really happened. (Although I've taken a picture of the cut on my husbands head). But if these things are likely to break then the one I have should be recalled or withdrawn from the market

BadCatDirtyCat Wed 26-Feb-20 22:02:22

I would definitely contact the manufacturer of the screen. Not to sue or anything, but to make them aware of the issue.

It must have been very scary for you all.. hope your DH's head heals well and maybe some wine this evening.

DonttouchthatLarry Wed 26-Feb-20 22:03:03

Ours had a safety recall and we were sent new hinges - Cooke & Lewis from B&Q.

www.bromley.gov.uk/leaflet/313201/22/680/d

pallisers Wed 26-Feb-20 22:03:33

We had a glass screen in our old bath and the same thing happened OP. My two girls were in the bath and the entire thing just shattered. I still shudder to think of it years later. They were screaming and covered in thousands of tiny pieces of glass! Amazingly they weren't cut at all. We replced it with a shower pole and curtain.

supercee Wed 26-Feb-20 22:06:51

This happened to me a few years ago, the thing shattered into a million pieces, I'm still finding bits to this day. Lucky no one was hurt.

For some reason my landlord can't fit a curtain rail(?!) but a new shatter proof glass was fitted as they have to be shatter proof now apparently. Doesn't help if the whole thing falls off but still. So far so more accidents.

mogtheexcellent Wed 26-Feb-20 22:07:04

We have this screen. It's always pulled fully back when DD is in the bath.

milkjetmum Wed 26-Feb-20 22:07:52

I pulled one down on my leg once tugging a towel I'd hung over the top (had just left home so was a bit daft) and had an almighty purple bruise the size of my hand and a new constellation of varicose veins which later needed removal. They are heavy when they land on you, it hit the back of my calf I can still remember sitting with a bag of peas on it all day!

Givemestrengthorgin Wed 26-Feb-20 22:11:12

We had this happen to us too. Literally just fell off. It was a massive heavy piece of glass. Will never have one again and I have used a shower curtain since.

Knocksomesense Wed 26-Feb-20 22:17:18

@DonttouchthatLarry I think mine is on this list. I need to work out if it's the one I think it is.

I'm shocked at how many people have had issues.

The glass didn't shatter but imagine if it fell on one or both of my boys. My husband is lucky it didnt split his head. Sounds dramatic but the edge made contact with his skull

DishingOutDone Wed 26-Feb-20 22:20:03

Contact the trade association and ask for advice on reporting this:

bathroom-association.org.uk/consumer-advice/consumer-videos/

Alternatively contact the CAB Consumer Advice line - scroll down here:
www.gov.uk/guidance/consumer-product-safety-advice-for-staying-safe

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