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Extreme Weather Calls for Home Window Safety

By darrell@iwfa.com on 9/26/2016

The experts say we could be in for some dicey weather in the coming months. The US Environmental Protection Agency said 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.

You may already have felt or heard about the damage caused by Hurricane Hermine earlier in September. She left quite a string of destruction in her wake, with over $111 million dollars worth of damage in Pasco County, Florida alone – the most costly storm in that county’s history.

Weather has an uncanny knack for finding and exploiting any vulnerable part of your home, so it’s important to get your house ready. A friend of mine once said, “Proper planning prevents poor performance,” which could not be truer when it comes to safety.

What can you do to make your home a safer haven against the buffeting winds and hurtling projectiles that can come with extreme weather? One proactive step is installing window film on all of your home’s windows. Professionally installed window film offers a host of safety benefits for your family members, (pets too), and can help protect them and the contents of your home when the weather goes bad.

Window film is a thin sheet of window coating, professionally and permanently installed, that delivers a range of high value benefits, including protection from shattered glass fragments caused by flying debris. Window film provides a thin strengthening layer that holds many shards of shattered glass together, providing another layer of protection for your family.

Homeowners need to be aware of the risks posed by extreme weather. Professionally installed window film provides a shatterproof barrier of protection that can help reduce the family’s injuries in the event of broken windows.

The efficacy 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 standards, including human impact, glass fragment protection, burglary intrusion, bomb blast and fire safety.

Moreover, window film can provide this protection without changing the view to the outside.  When clear window film is installed, there is also no visible aesthetic change to the window, although window film is available in many shades, from virtually clear to medium or dark.

Perhaps you have already begun your fall preparations – taking in deck furniture, cleaning the gutters, and checking that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operable. Now’s the time to add that protective layer to your windows so you can be sure that when the storms come, your house has an extra layer of protection, no matter what the weather throws at it.

For more information on how professionally installed window film can benefit your home, please read the IWFA’s ebook, which describes all you need to know about window film for the home.

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