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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.

 

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5 Ways Floor Graphics Can Help Your Business

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When it comes to signage and graphics, some companies haven’t yet realized how to take full advantage of all their options.

Many successful companies have already discovered the benefits of commercial graphics for their business. All these companies have different needs and therefore use their commercial graphics in different ways, mostly limited by their window and wall space. However, these organizations are still missing out on one of the most used and overlooked places on their property – the floor.

That’s right, the ground that everyone walks on (and also inspects carefully to ensure a clear path ahead) can be used as the answer to many of your messaging and advertising needs.

What fits perfectly on your floors? Floor graphics.

What Can Floor Graphics Do for You?

Regardless of your industry or field, every business investment comes down to one thing: What can it do for you?

Well, quite a lot, actually.

Much like other signage options, the benefits are really only limited by your company’s unique needs. What works for one company and solves multiple issues might be completely useless for another simply because it doesn’t apply.

However, there are always certain things that all businesses are in need of.

Here are 5 ways that floor graphics can help your business:

  1. Attention

Competing for the public’s attention isn’t as straightforward and easy as it used to be. With all the ways that people’s attention has been divided, successful businesses need to be creative in their approach. Floor decals are a great way to draw attention to and move foot traffic toward a new product or sale event.

  1. Directions

Every workplace has areas where floor graphics would be useful for directional purposes. It may be an area that you need to signal as high traffic, or it may be that you want to set up convenient directions to move your customers through your building. Using floor decals can help daily operations run more smoothly.

  1. Organization

Space is always in demand. How could things be different if you had more room to work with? One of the major benefits of floor decals is that they fit practically anywhere, and they don’t waste your valuable floor space like standing signs, posters, or displays do.

  1. Low Cost

Price is always an issue when it comes to a business transaction. You want to make sure you’re always getting a good ROI. With minimal upfront investment and lasting durability, floor graphics work out to be an easy, low-cost signage and marketing solution because they’re highly effective and meet a wide range of needs.

  1. Safety

Every workplace on the planet should strive for a safer work environment. The good thing is, most of them do. However, most of them don’t realize how much eye-catching floor decals could help their unique situations. Sending warnings, sectioning off areas, or keeping traffic areas clear are only a few of the safety applications of floor graphics in the modern workplace.

NGS’s innovative use and application of commercial graphics has been recognized by successful business leaders across the country as an effective and efficient way to accomplish a number of business objectives. How floor decals can help your business depends on the exact needs of your unique company.

If you’re ready to explore the possible new uses of your floor space, NGS has got you covered.

 

Find out more about all the ways that floor graphics can help your business when you contact the professionals at NGS.