3M Commercial Safety & Security Film

Windows are vulnerable, usually representing the weakest part of a building’s envelope. That weakness can pose a major security threat to people, property, and building operations. When glass breaks, it is not only dangerous to the touch, but it creates an opening into the building that puts occupants at risk.

So what exactly can cause glass to break?

Riots / Smash & Grab

An active shooter

A terrorist bomb



Seismic Events

3M Safety & Security Window Film helps to address the vulnerabilities associated with broken glass, regardless of what caused the glass to break in the first place.

Protecting Schools with Safety & Security Film

In recent years, schools and universities have begun to incorporate 3M Safety & Security Films as part of their comprehensive security plans. Security Film helps to keep students, teachers, and staff safe inside while making it difficult for any armed intruder to gain entry. This delay provides valuable time needed for emergency personnel to arrive on scene.

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Riots / Smash & Grab

One of the fastest ways for an intruder to gain entry into a home or office is through the window. Whether prying the lock or breaking the glass, a building’s window is a weak point. 3M Safety & Security Window Films help deter smash-and-grab burglars, rioters, or looters by eliminating their most crucial weapon – time. By adding shatter-resistance, penetrating a glass opening is more difficult. Since intruders rely on quick and easy access for a successful break-in, a door or window that slows them down is one that will probably make them go away.

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Active Shooter

An individual looking to harm building occupants will most likely have a plan. Realizing that most front doors and other access points are locked during hours of operation, a shooter will seek entry through the path of least resistance – generally a window. He will shoot through a window, allow the shattered glass to fall to the ground, and walk through the inevitable opening that is created. From there he can wreak havoc until he is stopped.

Terrorist Bomb

When an explosion occurs, nearby glass may implode into tiny sharp fragments and subject building occupants to a high level of danger. Third party testing has shown that 3M Safety & Security Films hold glass in place during an explosion. 3M fragment retention films meet or exceed federal government standards when tested to the GSA/DOD/USACE Security Criteria. The performance of fragment retention film can be improved by the use of an attachment system.


Glass can be your worst enemy during a hurricane. When unprotected glass breaks, shards can be sent flying and cause severe injury to occupants and property damage. 3M Safety & Security Window Films help to keep flying glass from harming occupants and in many cases will help to keep out wind and rain.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE: These products are not approved in the State of Florida for use as hurricane, windstorm, or impact protection from windborne debris from a hurricane or windstorm. In compliance with Florida Statue 553.842, these products may not be advertised, sold, offered, provided, distributed, or marketed in the State of Florida as hurricane, windstorm, or impact protection from windborne debris from a hurricane or windstorm.

Spontaneous Breakage

New highly energy efficient commercial windows are manufactured with nickel sulfide. Nickel sulfide can become unstable which causes the glass to spontaneously combust, shatter, and fall to the ground. Anyone underneath the flying glass will be injured and possibly killed. 3M’s Safety & Security Films with attachment system can help to hold that broken glass in place.