An examination by Industry experts into the possible benefits that security window film might have afforded buildings during the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami has also highlighted the potential advantages of such film for the UK. Applied to the inside of a window, rather like conservatory window film , security film is strong enough to hold broken glass together following certain types of violent impact.
The experts, canvassed by US publication, Window Film Mag, comment that although the force of the Tsunami could not be stopped by security film, such film may well have prevented some of the windows from flying apart as a result of the seismic activity associated with the earthquake. Aside from the obvious benefit this has of preventing the shards from injuring both those inside the building and those passing outside, one of Window Film Mag’s sources also draws attention to the fact that securing glass pieces within a window area can mean keeping important buildings like hospitals open where they may otherwise have had to be evacuated.
One of the sources also comments on the value of window film during the type of emergency that is perhaps more closer to home in the UK, and which still evokes painful memories: that of a potential bomb blast.
Whilst the source emphasises that security film would be no more effective than ordinary conservatory window film in a Manchester 1996 Arndale Centre-type bomb attack, the source claims that in such a scenario windows in some of the more outlying buildings could well be rendered safe.