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August 2019

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School Safety Window Film Comparison

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You’re in charge of school safety and security for your district, which is a heavy responsibility. Ensuring the safety of students, staff, and school visitors from all manner of dangers requires you to think a few steps ahead of potential threats, every day

You know how important active security measures are (that’s why you run safety drills and why each classroom has a laminated booklet that outlines lockdown and shelter-in-place procedures), but you may not know how effective passive security measures can be. 

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report states that schools should “Design windows, framing and anchoring systems to be shatter-resistant, burglar resistant, and forced entry resistant,” and states that “Resistance for glazing may be built into the window or applied with a film,” so let’s talk about security film, as well as other passive security tactics you can use to keep your district safe.

Shatter-Resistant Security Film

Shatter-resistant security film is one of your best defenses against everything from natural disasters to bomb blasts to intruders. Some of the leading brand names for this type of film include 3M Ultra and TRI-SHIELD.

Check out the active shooter simulation/ demo video conducted with Houston ISD PD  & NGS, using with 3M Ultra & TRI-SHIELD!

3M shatter-resistant film and TRI-SHIELD deliver tear-resistant technology with up to 42 micro-layers of protection and frame anchoring systems that: 

  • Prevent glass shatter and flying glass shards or spall, post-impact
  • Strengthen glass to resist breakage when hit with a weapon
  • Maintain glass structure, even after eventual breakage, requiring intruders to break all the glass before gaining entry
  • Buy time. Slow down or potentially prevent entry during an active shooter or forced entry event

It’s important to note that shatter-resistant film is not shatterproof. There is no such thing as shatterproof security window film. Instead, many schools use extremely strong, breach resistant Riot Glass which relies on an attractively invisible rail mounting solution for virtually shatterproof polycarbonate windows.

Privacy Window Film

Decorative privacy window film and one way privacy window film create safe zones that block a potential shooter’s view into classrooms and other indoor areas – without blocking natural daylighting. 

Innovative film solutions such as 3M Fasara and 3M Mirror Film support student, staff, and visitor safety because they:

  • Obscure the view into classrooms, activity areas, and administrative zones
  • Maintain a modern, welcoming façade with solid security
  • Prevent successful sniper attacks by blocking exterior views 

For privacy on demand, today’s school safety supervisors are increasingly choosing smart film, which transforms glass from clear to opaque with the tap of a button.

Wayfinding Graphics 

In an emergency, your #1 task is to get students, staff, and visitors to safety. Wayfinding floor graphics and wayfinding signage graphics can help direct everyone to safe zones protected by shatter-resistant film and privacy window film. 

Wayfinding graphics are especially useful in district administrative or activity buildings because these areas host guests who are unfamiliar with these buildings’ security drill procedures. 

Leading wayfinding products such as 3M Envision and 3M Controltac help ensure safety because they:

  • Can be placed anywhere – walls, windows, glass, or floors
  • Adhere to outside surfaces, such as playground equipment, blacktops, and sidewalks
  • Provide clear safety directions that help to maintain order in chaotic situations

To enhance security, a graphic installation expert can apply durable overlaminates that make your graphics anti-skid, as well as reflective in low light situations.

Get the Right Window Films for School Safety

Modern security film solutions for schools are effective, affordable, durable, and come with a fast installation process. In addition, many security window films can be combined with energy-efficient film solutions that deliver cost-saving benefits.

 

Not sure which films you should choose to secure your district’s schools, activity buildings, and administrative complexes? Get more information on how you can build your school safety plan checklist with NGS, the nationwide film installation experts.

 

Child looking out a window in severe weather

Preparing Your School for Severe Weather

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Severe weather storms and conditions have been getting stronger for years. Tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes have all been growing in both number, as well as intensity. Many parts of the country that never had to worry about these weather conditions previously are now finding themselves directly in a storm’s vicious path.

Naturally, this has many school districts concerned about how they can best prepare for school safety and protect their school buildings from future storms. 

First off, you need to know that there are affordable and effective options available like 3M window film. Protection from High wind & airborne debris from Hurricane & tornado weather events for your district’s schools doesn’t have to begin and end with the insurance company. By taking steps before a natural disaster, such as installing window protection film, you can help safeguard your school buildings, as well as the children, teachers, and visitors inside them. 

What Is Window Protection Film?

Window protection film is essentially a shatter-resistant security film that provides an extra barrier of protectionbetween the dangers of the storm outside your school and those seeking shelter inside.

If you take a look at the outside of any public, private, or charter school, you’ll notice something about the façade of every one: they all feature rows of windows. Daylight is great for learning but, unfortunately, windows can be some of the most vulnerable points in a school building.

As you know, one of the most dangerous aspects of natural disasters is debris from high winds. Thankfully, it’s easy to strengthen your district’s school windows against wind.

  • 3M window film has been tested to achieve up to 140 mph wind speed resistancewhen properly anchored on a suitable metal window frame
  • 3M Ultra series passes ASTM E 1996/E 1886 Missile Level C

Your district’s schools can achieve protection from high wind and airborne debris if you choose professionally installed 3M safety window films – the affordable, effective optionthat can help ensure the safety and security of your buildings, faculty, and students.

Why Are School Security Supervisors Choosing Window Protection?

In addition to increasing school safety because it makes glass stronger and more resistant to shattering, security window film like 3M shatter-resistant film also wins on price. Simply put, window protection film is more cost-effective and sustainable than new glass installation projects because it adheres to your existing windows. This also means it features a faster install time than new glazing.

Sometimes, however, 3M shatter-resistant film simply isn’t strong enough to block against gale force winds and all the debris dragged along by those high winds. If you’re looking for a stronger option than shatter-resistant film, you may want to consider Riot Glass. Check out the strength of Riot Glass in action here:

Riot Glass uses an innovative, nearly invisible rail mounting system that allows you to choose virtually shatterproof windows for your schools, without having to compromise your aesthetics with those ugly bolt-on mounting systems that polycarbonate windows typically require. Looking for impact-resistant glass alternatives? Riot Glass is definitely worth a look.

When Severe Weather Hits, Be Sure Your Schools Are Prepared

As the earth continues to cool off, following this nasty heatwave of a summer we’ve finally survived, meteorologists across the United States are now turning their worried eyes toward the hurricane season. They’re expecting around 14 named storms, which is above the 30-year average. 

Of course, the weather forecasts may be wrong. They often are. 

However, just because meteorologists can’t accurately predict the weather all the time, doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for the weather that’s truly dangerous.

 

Get the facts you need on storm mitigation films, so you can make the right decision for your schools’ safety.