6 Reasons Why Your Campus Should Install Window Safety Film

Published: August 4, 2023

Campus safety is a top concern of schools, universities, healthcare facilities, and many other types of campuses across the country. Several states have increased school funding through grants to pay for significant safety and security upgrades that keep students and teachers safe.  

Strategies to harden a campus against outside threats can include keeping doors locked, a fenced perimeter, video surveillance and an onsite police presence. However, an often-overlooked security measure that should be considered as part of a school’s overall security envelope is the application of safety window film. 

There are many benefits to utilizing safety and security window film for schools, including:  

  1. Invisible, 24/7, passive protection: Safety film offers an invisible layer of protection that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.  
  2. Delayed forced entry: Safety film provides an extra layer of strength to windows making it considerably more challenging for intruders to gain access. This provides precious extra time for those inside to move to a safe space, law enforcement to arrive or for the intruder to simply give up.  
  3. Protection against storms and accidents: Safety film holds dangerous glass shards in place in the event of impact due to a storm, earthquake, or accident.  
  4. Solar control and energy reduction: Safety film not only offers protection from violent threats but also from damaging UV rays, all while blocking heat and lowering energy costs. 
  5. Cost effective solution: Compared to security enhancements such as bulletproof glass, security film provides a similar layer of protection at a fraction of the cost.  
  6. Minimal disruption to school operations: The installation of safety film is a quick process that does not require construction or modification of existing structures. 

Safety and security window film is designed to deter and delay unwanted intrusion, reduce damage from natural disasters, and increase protection against accidents on school campuses. The film also adds a crucial layer of protection in the unfortunate event of an active shooter situation by making windows more difficult to breach. 

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There are a variety of safety film options available to strengthen your campus security. A professional installer can recommend the appropriate film to meet your security, aesthetic and building requirements.  

Jeffrey R. Plummer is senior vice president of sales and marketing at Madico Window Films, which develops, manufactures and markets technologically advanced laminates. 

Note: The views expressed by guest bloggers and contributors are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Campus Safety.

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