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What To Do About Wired Glass in Schools?

Read this article by Campus Safety on the hazards that wire glass possess. Learn about the history of wired glass in schools, how over the years our perception of wired glass being safe has changed, and the steps to take to change the glazing in your institution.

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The Hazards of Traditional Wired Glass

In an article from The Construction Specifier, read about the misconceptions of wired glass, and how they truly present a hazard to anyone nearby. The article includes code changes, liability, and current events involving wired glass hazards.

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Federal Task Force to Review Wired Glass Use in Building Code

In this article from Saanich News, read about the task force created by Canada’s federal department responsible for building codes and their efforts to review wired glass in buildings. As wired glass is widely used in schools, hospitals, and building offices in Canada, the task force will assess the dangerous and liabilities associated its continuous…

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Wired Glass Incident Leads to $5 Million Lawsuit Against local School Board in Canada

In this article by The USGlass News Network, we learn about a $5 Million lawsuit against local school boards in Canada from an incident regarding wired glass. While on his way to class, 18 year old Sean Lloyd’s arm was seriously injured while trying to push open a mostly wired glass door. He suffered several…

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Invisible Shield

Invisible Shield: Enhancing Safety and Durability of School Glass This article discusses the challenges and benefits of using fire-rated glass in educational facilities, emphasizing its important for life safety in the face of various threats, including forced entry and active shooter situations. Fire-rated glass faces complications such as high costs and complex building code requirements,…

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School Security: Windows and Doors Respond First

This article discuses the growing challenge and demand for updating and improving school security. The article starts off providing data on the history of school shootings in America from 1970 to 2022. Then providing the most common locations for active shooter to begin their attacks, to contextualize where updated security is needed. The article provides…

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NGA Announces New Test Method for Forced-Entry-Resistance of Fenestration Systems

New Test Method for Forced Entry Resistance of Fenestration Systems: Updates and Implications In this article, the National Glass Association (NGA) introduces a new ASTM International document developed through the F12 Security Committee. The initiative aims to address the rising frequency and severity of school shootings by establishing an international standard that focuses on slowing…

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School Safety Grants: What is Available and How Do I Apply?

School Safety Grants: What’s Available and How to Apply The article highlights various efforts and initiatives by state leaders and federal programs to enhance school security and safety. Multiple states, including Connecticut, Ohio, and New York, have allocated significant funds for school safety improvements, converging areas such as security infrastructure and technology upgrades. It introduces…

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Grants Finder Tool

This website is designed to help users identify relevant funding opportunities to enhance school safety. The tool presents federally available school safety-specific grants, allowing users to navigate based on factors such as school safety, award amount, and application level of effort.

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Standardization News

As summer ends and school begins, there’s increased focus on protecting students from armed intruders. School administrators now prioritize safety drills and evaluate facilities’ defenses against attacks. Two ASTM International committees have developed standards to enhance school safety: E54 addresses equipment for first responders, and F12 focuses on physical infrastructure like forced-entry-resistant systems and fenestration…

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A Building Products Standard to Help Ensure Safety in School

In July 2022, the NGA introduced ASTM F3561-22, a test method to assess the forced-entry resistance of fenestration systems after simulated active shooter attacks. This standard involves weakening the systems using projectiles and impacts, followed by forced entry testing to rate their resistance from levels 1 to 8. The testing requires at least three full-size…

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School Security: Windows and Doors Respond First

Active shooter events are increasing, often concluding before first responders can arrive, and there are no mandated school security regulations like there are for fire safety. To address this, security measures such as ballistic and attack-resistant windows and doors are recommended, as they can delay attackers, providing critical time for emergency responses. ASTM F3561 offers…

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