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  • 3M’s Safety & Security Film Protects Schools Nationwide

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    School districts across the nation are improving security measures on their campuses due to an increased number of school gun violence incidents. In 2018, there were 191 incidents – which is more incidents in one year than in the last four decades, according to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

    Accent Distributing works with 3M™ Authorized Window Film Dealers to assist school districts in installing 3M™ Safety & Security Film on their glass doors and windows for added protection.

    Protecting People and Property with 3M Safety Film

    3M’s state-of-the-art safety film is scientifically proven to hold together shattered glass after impact. The film holds the glass together, preventing glass shards from flying and causing injuries. The film can delay intruders entry, allowing up to two minutes of extra time for emergency responders to arrive and people to take shelter.

    When 3M™ Safety & Security Film is installed with a 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment System, the film becomes even stronger. The attachment system is designed to connect the film to the outer edge of the window, sealing the edge and firmly holding the film in place.

    Many school districts throughout the country have installed 3M™ Safety & Security Film on the glass doors and windows of their facilities as an added form of protection.

    Recommended by the Federal Commission on School Safety

    After the sharp increase of school gun violence in 2018, the United States assembled a Federal Commission on School Safety to recommend measures to further protect school campuses and decrease gun violence. The Federal Commission released a report in December 2018 that recommends, among many strategies, installing safety film to a school facility’s glass envelope.

    Years prior, the Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, released in 2015, recommended safety film as a measure to deter intruders. The advisory commission was formed after the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012.

    The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission in Florida released a report in January 2019 that listed “ballistic resistant glass covering” as one of the recommendations to improve school safety. The commission was formed after a tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high School on February 14, 2018.

    The recommendation is clear. Security window film, such as 3M™ Safety & Security Film, can improve safety on school campuses.

    Added Benefits to 3M Film

    Additional benefits to installing 3M™ Safety and Security Film include sun control and added privacy.

    3M™ Safety & Security Film, Prestige Ultra Series offers solar control options in addition to its safety features. The films provide up to 97 percent infrared rejection, which blocks heat transfer, improves overall comfort and provides energy cost savings. The film also blocks 99.9 percent of harmful UV rays, which helps reduce fading and increase the life of furniture and flooring.

    3M’s privacy films also are available and can be combined with safety film. These films are designed to block views. 3M™ White Matte Translucent film obstructs the view but allows the light to still filter in. 3M™ Mirror Film provides high reflection for a mirror-like appearance and one-way view. School districts have installed these on classroom door windows, media library windows and office staff windows to protect faculty, staff and students. These privacy films are often the fraction of the cost of new glass.

    Another product that is useful for schools is, 3M™ Anti-Graffiti Film, which provides surface protection in high traffic areas. The film works against most scratches, acid etching, gouges and tagging. Easily removable, these films cost less than damaged glass replacement. The films also provide 99 percent UV rejection to prevent fading.

    How Accent Distributing Can Help

    Schools throughout the country are receiving funds from a federal COPS School Violence Prevention Program. Funds from this federal competitive grant program is assisting school districts in launching evidence-based school safety programs, including the placement of deterrent measures such as security film. Applications are closed for the federal program, but several states have similar grant programs for schools. To apply, school districts may need to have a safety risk assessment and pricing as part of their application. Accent Distributing can assist with this by putting schools in touch with the proper channels and updated information.

    Accent Distributing is one of three 3M™ Authorized Window Film Distributors in the United States. The company has worked alongside 3M for more than 25 years. Collectively, its staff has more than 100 years of experience in the window film industry. In addition, Accent Distributing can put school district administrators in touch with 3M™ Authorized Window Film Dealers within the community served.

    For more information, contact Accent Distributing at (941) 922-5268 or visit www.accentdistributing.com/school-safety.

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