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Building Safety and Security into your windows

There are times when the world is a dangerous place. Hurricanes, tornadoes, severe winds, bomb blasts and even earthquakes  can cause glass to shatter and send shards flying. During these disasters Safety and Security Window Films help keep flying glass from harming inhabitants. 
New Technology. A tough new dimension in window film technology for property and personal protection against crime, violent weather and accidents. Today, protecting yourself and your property is more important than ever. The latest FBI statistics show robberies and burglaries are up 10%. And property damage due to earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other violent weather is up an average of 39% over the past nine years.

Earthquakes, A natural disaster can happen at any time. Some disasters give warning like a storm preceding a flood, others like earthquakes give no warning.

In the event of an earthquake or explosion, a buildings Achilles heel is typically its glazed surfaces. Shattered into razor sharp fragments and propelled at high speeds, windows and door glass can cause severe injury to the building’s occupants. In addition, shattered glazing allows blast over pressure to enter the building. This, too, poses a serious threat to the life safety of those inside. Thankfully, extensive testing has proven that the threat of injury due to flying glass can be greatly reduced with the use our Safety & Security Window Film.
 For more information click on the link. https://projects.eri.ucsb.edu/scec/webquakes/

 

Our new safety and security film is a tough, durable, tear and penetration-resistant shield that bonds to the inside of your windows for protection. The film helps hold the glass together to dramatically reduce the chance of glass shards from falling or flying out even under direct forces from winds or impacts from flying objects or breaking and entering. This new safety and security film is a tough, durable, tear and penetration-resistant shield that bonds to the inside of your windows for protection. The film helps hold the glass together to dramatically reduce the chance of glass shards from falling or flying out even under direct forces from winds or impacts from flying objects or breaking and entering.

Glass mitigation retention films can reduce explosion-related glass injuries

Among the key test findings were those indicating that windows covered with our 8 mil Safety & Security Film would offer significant protection from flying glass during explosions. Glass Mitigation Retention window films are available from clear to dark tinted. 

Blast Testing: Results of bomb blast testing, detailed in a report released in June 1998 indicate that security window film explosion systems can significantly reduce injuries caused by flying glass in explosions. The results have implications that could affect security measures now under discussion by government and business officials working to minimize injuries from disasters.

 

GSA requirement

One measure under consideration by the GSA is a requirement that security film be applied to windows in certain buildings to reduce the problem of flying glass shards, a dangerous and sometimes fatal occurrence in buildings near explosions. For example, following the 1996 terrorist bombing that killed 19 U.S. airmen in Saudi Arabia, a Pentagon report found that 12 of those airmen died as a result of glass-cut injuries. More than 90 percent of the injuries suffered in that attack involved significant lacerations, and glass was shattered more than 1,200 feet from the explosion. 

Test results: The ARA tests were conducted in January 1998 at the Defense Special Weapons Agency’s Chestnut Test Site, Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico. “We concentrated the tests on new systems that might offer hazard mitigation for GSA buildings with Level D and C security classifications, the second- and third-highest security levels, which apply to hundreds of buildings in the United States,” said James Mannix, market development supervisor for 3M Specified Construction Products Department. (Level E GSA buildings, requiring the highest security, were not included in the GSA security standards.)

Glass with Security Film Installed

Glass without Security Film Installed

In a series of six tests, windows with various combinations of film and attachment systems were subjected to blasts equivalent to 500 pounds of TNT. ARA’s test report concluded that 8mil film products tested provided significant reduction in glass fragment hazards when compared to unprotected windows. The report also concluded that both the aluminum batten and wet glazed sealant – two of the attachment systems tested – provided an adequate attachment of the films to typical aluminum frames. Most important, the report concluded the majority of configurations tested qualify for GSA Level C buildings and several qualify for Level D buildings, meeting “high” to “very high” protection levels.

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