Windows are one of the most vulnerable parts of the building envelope. Sometimes the security of your home or office is threatened by nature, other times by people. No matter from where the threat comes, 3M Safety & Security Window Films can help you prepare. 3M’s Safety & Security Window Films have been tested to the appropriate third party standards (UL-972 and EN 356).
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 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.
Security window film, also known as fragment retention film, was credited for saving many lives in the September 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. 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.
If you’re an architect and would like to learn more, please visit AEC Daily for an approved presentation worth 1.00 credit about safety and security window films.