Replacement windows - tempered glass

Home Depot home service gave me a quote on vinyl replacement windows. He told me that the windows in the bathroom must be tempered glass because of the law. So are the windows in the living room because they are too close to the floor -about 6 inches above. Does such law exist? My home is located at des plaines, illinois.
thanks,
Charley
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Charley wrote:

Check with your building department. It is common to require that low windows have tempered glass. Don't know about bathroms but not required in Florida.
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Such a law has existed since 1977.
http://www.glazingcodes.org/glazingincode/regulatingglass.html
Nothing magic about bathroom windows unless they are within a tub or shower enclosure and less than 60" above the walking surface. If the bottom edge of the living room windows is less than 18" above the walking surface, they require safety glazing.
Try a google search for (CPSC + "safety glazing"). The way to beat the bureaucracy is the take the law they are citing and stick it in their ear. If you know more about the law than they do, you can usually back them down. Sometimes you can escape the requirement by calling the division between the upper and lower sash a "chair rail".
Like most everything in life, education is the key; educate yourself. Good luck.
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