Making School Children Safer From Unseen DangersSeptember 1st, 2021 by Editor
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) notes that two unseen dangers may confront children as they return to school—inadequately secured windows and doors, and doors and windows with wired glass.
A school building’s unprotected ground-level windows and doors provide a quick entry for intruders when the glass is smashed open, according to the IWFA. Safety glass quickly collapses into small granules and annealed glass breaks into larger pieces. Both types may be compromised in seconds.
To better secure glass and provide more time for first responders to arrive to address the situation, the IWFA recommends security window film for ground level windows and doors. The IWFA has published a free, downloadable guide under “Literature” that states what security window film can and cannot do.
Wired glass windows are another unseen danger in schools.
“To look at an installation of wired glass in a door, one would assume it would make the glass stronger, but in fact the wire is a weak link and the glass may be broken more easily,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “Imagine the result of a hard-charging youngster moving quickly through a hall and instead of hitting the panic bar on a door, their hand and arm goes through wire glass, potentially causing severe damage to ligaments, tendons and blood vessels, both during the initial impact and when the limb is pulled away.”
The IWFA recommends that existing wired glass locations be evaluated for potential impact and injury and suggests safety and security window film be applied to at least the side of a wire glass installation which is subject to human impact. An 8-mil security window film without any coatings is expected to have a puncture strength of 170 pounds or more.