Tuesday, November 27, 2012

From Pop Stars to Regular Folks - Glass is Dangerous

According to the news reports – in a fit of rage, a Papillion-La Vista South High School student put his arm through a window in the principal’s office, severing an artery in his forearm. The injury was so severe, the kid had to undergo an 8 hours long surgery.
Papillion-La Vista South High School is in Papillion, Nebraska, USA.

And pop music star Justin Bieber ran into a glass window and injured an eyebrow, but it could have been worse.

In each of these cases, Armor Glass Security Film would have prevented the glass injury, be it pop star or mad teenager smashing a window. Check us out at the link and ask for a FREE quote.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Gas Explosion in MA - Another Reason for Armor Glass

A natural gas explosion in Springfield Massachusetts blew out windows in over 40 buildings this week. An article on the explosion can be found here.

Windows were blown out for blocks. Had the buildings been "armored" with Armor Glass security film, the people inside would have been protected from flying glass (the explosion happened after hours, which prevented many injuries). After all, our security film is explosion rated (3a/3b, Level 2). That's why its on the Pentagon and the DC federal buildings!

Also, no one would be running around right now trying to "board up" empty window frames.  The film would hold it it all together until the glass was replaced.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

SuperStorm Sandy - How Hurricanes Blow You Away

I watched the NOVA special on "SuperStorm Sandy."  One man described perfectly what happens in a hurricane. He said he was in his house when "suddenly my sliding glass doors all blew in, then the roof came off and the walls collapsed."

He ended up swimming to a car where he survived the remainder of the storm.  His story confirms the findings of "Project Safe Windows" the study of the four hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004.

Once the glass blows in, wind pressure forces UPLIFT on the roof, blowing it off. Then the walls have no support and collapse. One engineer told me that the uplift from a hole in the window could be over 50,000 lbs.!

Check out the NOVA special at the above link.  It also describes how the WARMER WATER - the Atlantic was 5 degrees above normal - adds more fuel to these storms, making them BIGGER.

It means that we MUST HARDEN our structures to withstand these superstorms. That's what Armor Glass does - it armors your weakest link, your windows....