3M™ Safety & Security Window Films are NOT hurricane-proof, earthquake-proof, bullet-proof, bomb-proof, or burglar-proof. They ARE, however, designed to make the window glass more shatter-resistant.
In the event of severe wind from a hurricane or other storm, 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films may have significant safety and security value. They can reduce the risk of injury from flying shards of broken glass and possibly help prevent debris and water penetration through the window depending on the severity of the storm, the type of glass to which they are applied, framing system used, size and velocity of objects impacting the window, and the like.
In an earthquake, 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films can reduce the risk of serious injury from flying shards of broken glass, and possibly prevent glass from falling out of a home or building. Again, much depends upon the severity of the earthquake, as well as the type of glass to which the window film is applied, framing system used and other factors.
3M™ Safety & Security Window Films were originally developed to address international concerns and needs for improved safety and security against terrorist acts or bombings. These films can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury from flying shards of glass due to such events. However, much depends upon the severity of the blast and the proximity of the window glass to the blast, as well as the type of glass to which the window film is applied, framing system used and other factors
3M™ Safety & Security Window Films are also a low profile, high performance measure of security in the battle against ‘smash and grab’ crime. The tough, shatter-resistant qualities of these window films can hold window glass together even if a brick or similar object were actually to pass through the glass. The thief must now make a choice. Continue to attack the window, try another window or move on. Time is short, and often they move on. However, if they are determined to gain entry, they will get in. It is generally recommended that property owners have proper alarm systems in place in addition to 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film in order to provide maximum property protection.