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Extreme Weather Calls For Home Window Safety

The United States Environmental Protection Agency asserts that recent climate change has increased the likelihood of extreme weather events worldwide, and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the 2016 hurricane season could be the most active since 2012. What can homeowners do to protect their homes and their families against high winds and extreme weather? The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit group comprised of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers, suggests professionally installed window film, which offers a host of safety benefits for consumers and their families, including protection from shattered windows and flying shards of glass.

High winds often produce projectiles that can smash a home’s windows and endanger the home’s occupants. The potential damage from such events can be dramatically reduced using safety and security window films. Window film is a thin sheet of window coating, professionally and permanently installed, that delivers a range of high‐value benefits, including an increase in protection from shattered glass caused by flying debris. Window film provides a thin membrane that holds shards of shattered glass together. This adds yet another layer of protection for your family.

“Homeowners need to be aware of the risks posed by extreme weather,” said Darrell Smith, Executive Director of the IWFA. “Professionally-installed window film provides an increased level of protection that can help to reduce damage to family members or their homes in the event of broken windows, no matter the cause of the breakage.”

The performance of window films is proven, and the window film industry has submitted itself to rigorous third party testing to certify its products.  Window films adhere to many safety guidelines and proven performance standards, including for human impact, glass fragment protection, burglary intrusion, bomb blast and fire safety.

Moreover, window film affords constant protection without changing the view to the outside. There is also little or no visible change to the look of the windows, since window film is available in many shades, from virtually clear to medium or dark. In addition, since the product is always in place, there is no operator assistance needed to enjoy its benefits, be they glass fragment protection or reduced solar heat gain through the windows.

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About the International Window Film Association
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) ( is a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the window film industry though the use of education, research, advocacy and consumer awareness.  The organization builds alliances with trade associations, utilities and government agencies to advance dealers’ and distributors’ businesses and provide value to their customers.