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Skin Cancer Rates on the Rise: An Important Step to Take

 

With all the information available about skin cancer, you’d think that it would be a health issue in decline. Well, you’d be wrong. Despite all the attention paid to it, and precautions taken against it, skin cancer rates, including rates of melanoma, have continued to increase in the United States, according to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report. In fact, nearly 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer every year.

 

The most common types of skin cancer are strongly associated with ultraviolet (UV) exposure, and as many as 90 percent of melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer, are caused by UV rays. The good news is that UV exposure is also the most preventable cause of skin cancer. So what else can you do besides applying sunscreen, staying away from tanning beds and wearing sunglasses year-round to ward off these harmful UV rays?

 

Window film: An important step in the fight against skin cancer

 

Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, former Acting U.S. Surgeon General (and himself a renowned dermatologist), recently gave a speech at the 2016 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off in San Antonio, Texas, where I was fortunate enough to speak with him. During the conference he highlighted the protective benefits of window film against harmful UV rays. Calling UV-A and UV-B rays ‘proven carcinogens,’ Dr. Lushniak noted that window film is part of what should be a multi-pronged approach in the battle against skin cancer.

 

He pointed out that drivers are particularly susceptible to skin cancer caused by UV rays penetrating untreated car windows, and noted that consumers should be made aware of window film’s significant role in preventing skin cancer. UV rays find us in our homes, too, and while we may enjoy the warm feeling of the sun streaming through our windows, we need to be aware of the damage that sun can do to our skin and eyes when it shines through untreated glass.

 

Dr. Lushniak’s words should serve as a call to action. It is essential that we take every precaution available against skin cancer and protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays, wherever we are. Professionally installed window film, both in the home and on the road, provides protection from 99 percent of UV rays compared to about 25 percent for untreated glass.

 

Armed with this knowledge, we can all take proactive steps to protect ourselves from harmful UV rays at home and in our vehicles, with the added protection of professionally installed window film.

 

For more information on the benefits of professionally installed window film, visit www.iwfa.com. And remember to visit our dealer locator .

Three Window Film ‘Life Hacks’ for Your Home and Family

The term ‘life hack’ is tossed around a lot these days. Life hacks are those simple little tricks designed to make your life easier with minimal effort -- like using the end of a straw to hull a strawberry, or fashioning a speaker for your cell phone out of a toilet paper roll holder; even adding ice cubes to the dryer to remove wrinkles from your clothes. Life hacks help us breathe a little easier, and sometimes we didn’t even know we needed them. But when we discover them, they can be life-saving.

 

Did you know there are also life hacks that are just as easy as adding ice cubes to the dryer, but which have far-reaching implications on your family’s health and safety? And none involve listening to rattling ice cubes…

 

Consider professionally installed window film a multi-purpose life hack. A thin sheet of film added to windows in your home, and car, provides an invisible layer that protects people and furnishings from all sorts of potential damage, both cumulative and immediate. Read on for details on how professionally installed window film can be one of your most important life hacks!

 

Life Hack #1 – Window film as sunscreen for your family (with no mess!)

 

Sunscreen may conjure memories of slippery, pina colada-smelling lotion that that we slather on our skin before heading outside, but protection from UV rays coming in through your windows can be far less messy. Windows in the car and home that have had window film installed provide protection from 99% of UV rays, preventing damage to skin just like, perhaps even better than, your favorite sunscreen.

 

Life Hack #2 – Window film as a preservative for your furnishings

 

Did you know that the glare of the sun slowly but surely wreaks havoc on your home’s interior over time? As with our skin, the damage is cumulative, but the results can be stunning. If you’ve ever seen a living room rug fade beyond recognition, you can blame the sun for the damage!

 

Which brings us to another great life hack. Window film protects your home’s interior from the sun’s destructive rays: no more faded rugs or upholstery; curtains retain their rich color; and artwork is protected. Another great thing? Windows don’t need to be tinted to block the sun. Even clear window films protect the interior and block glare without affecting the look and feel of your home.

 

Life Hack #3 – Window film as storm barrier

 

Fall can turn on a dime, a rude segue from calm, summery weather to tumultuous, stormy conditions, seemingly overnight. With storms come high winds that can pelt windows with airborne objects. A simple layer of professionally and permanently installed window film provides a strengthening layer that holds many shards of shattered glass together, helping to keep your family safe and your home intact.

 

As you can see, window film is a life hack that goes far beyond wrinkled clothes or sub-standard sound for your iPhone to make your life easier and safer. Window film offers unobtrusive protection for the people and things you hold dear and involves minimal effort. Just as a life hack should.

 

For more information on the benefits of professionally installed window film, visit www.iwfa.com. To find a local accredited window film installer near you, visit our Business Locator!n our sit

Extreme Weather Calls for Home Window Safety

The experts say we could be in for some dicey weather in the coming months.

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Whether you have your air conditioner on high or have surrounded yourself with oscillating fans, it's official... things are heating up and the sun is shining! By now you have likely smothered your children in sunscreen and packed a few dozen water bottles for hydration. But are you also protecting their eyes?

 

August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month, so now is the perfect time to learn a bit more about how you can make an easy adjustment to your lifestyle to ensure your kids are truly protected.

 

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, "Children are susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness."

 

The Mayo Clinic explains that, "UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye." Cumulative exposure may lead to the development of cataracts, growths on the eye, or even macular degeneration.

 

And, did you know that our eyes can actually experience something much like sunburn  called photokeratis? The American Optometric Association advises that photokeratis can be painful, with symptoms that include "red eyes, a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing."

 

Now that you know the facts, did you also know that window film can provide protection for your children's eyes in more ways than one?

 

UV ray protection at home - Untreated windows only protect you and your children from about 25 percent of UV rays. A professional installation of window film can block up to 99 percent of UV rays from entering your home, which not only cuts glare but actually helps protect your eyes from cumulative exposure. Window film can be installed on nearly any window - no matter the shape or size.

 

UV ray protection on the road - When you're in the car, sunglasses are believed to be one of the best ways to protect eyes from sun damage. Unfortunately, not all sunglasses block 100 percent of UV rays. So while purchasing sunglasses for your little ones may make you feel better about their sun exposure when in the car, they are still at risk - especially when you consider how glasses only protect against sun exposure to the front of your eyes. In other words, pesky UV rays can still affect your child's eyes around the corners of the glasses. Much like the film professionally installed on home windows, automotive window film can block UV rays, reduce sun glare especially side glare which normal sunglasses do not block, and offer a more comfortable experience for your kids in car.

 

Shatter protection - We've all seen a baseball accidentally thrown through the window, or windows that kids protest have "mysteriously" shattered. But like an invisible shield, safety films can offer protection from broken glass when accidents occur at home. When an untreated window breaks, the glass shards can become daggers that can cause serious injury to anyone - especially children. Designed with powerful adhesives, safety films reduce the hazard of broken glass in your home by helping to keep the pieces together and attached to the film upon impact.

 

As your kids gear up for a new school year, ensure you're sending them off with the their sights on high achievement (pun intended!). Eye health and eye safety are important for a child's&

Stay Cool and Stay Safe!

Whether you have your air conditioner on high or have surrounded yourself with oscillating fans, it's official... things are heating up around here! There comes a point in the summer where the need to be cool and comfortable outweighs the dread of your upcoming electricity bill. In search of an affordable option for relief? Well, you have come to the right place!

Here's a few tips to ensure you have a comfortable and energy efficient summer:

Keep yourself out of the sun - Believe it or not, you can still experience sunburn and skin damage while indoors. Most untreated windows only block about 25% of UV rays from entering your home. For those of us who enjoy sitting by sunny windows, that could mean real damage. Not to mention, how quickly it can boost your body temperature. While still allowing natural light to enter your home, a professional installation of window film can block up to 99% of dangerous, skin damaging UV rays - keeping you cool and protected!

Alleviate the glare - We've all experienced it. That one seat at the kitchen table or in the living room that's considered the "hot spot". Not only does it turn that beautiful leather couch into hot lava, but the glare hits you just right and blinds your view! You've been putting up with it for years, but window film can stop more than 80% of solar energy coming through windows - ultimately blocking window glare. Finally, you will be able to enjoy your favorite chair without having to cover it with a blanket or wear your sunglasses indoors.

Opt for energy efficiency - Did you know, windows may account for over 50% of a house's summertime cooling load? Your windows may be a major factor in your struggle to keep your home cooled evenly. While a complete window replacement sounds great, it is out of the question for many of us. Instead, opt for a professional installation of window film. The installation could actually deliver up to a 30% reduction in cooling costs.

Summertime should be a season of fun both indoors and outside. Why sweat the energy bills when there's an easy and affordable option to alleviate the issue? For more information on window film and the many benefits it has to offer your home, check out our Beauty Inside & Out booklet. Then, visit our Find an Installer page and connect with one of our professional, accredited window film installers.

 

Stay cool, stay safe, and enjoy your summer!

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