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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Higher Ed Window Safety Series (PART 2): Benefits of Security Screens


In part two of the Higher Ed Window Safety Series, we'll discuss security screens in relation to insect protection, fire codes and historic architecture.

Kane's Narrowline security screens on Denis Edward Hall
at the University of Scranton


To view this series from the beginning, please refer to Higher Ed Window Safety Series (PART 1): Benefits of Security Screens


4.  Security Screens Provide Maintenance-Free Insect Protection
In areas where insects such as flies, mosquitoes and bees are a problem, security window barriers eliminate the constant maintenance issue of repairing standard insect screens.
A student safely escapes thanks to Kane Screens'
Crime Shield single point release

5.  Security Screens Satisfy Local Fire Code Regulations
Local fire code regulations vary considerably around the country. There are three types of single point releases - in addition to a tamper shield component - that security screen manufacturers include in their designs to satisfy local fire code regulations. 
  • Down Release - This means that the security screen can be opened by pushing down on a single release point.
  • Roto Release - When the release is rotated, the screen swings free of the sub-frame, offering instant egress from the room. 
  • Lift Release - To operate this release, a student simply lifts on the handle.  The multiple steel latches then retract and the screen swings free for egress. The lift release is adaptable for interior or exterior installations.  
Tamper Shield  - This fitted component can be added in front of all emergency releases to prevent unauthorized opening from the exterior.
6.  Security Screens Maintain Historic Architecture
In addition to safety, the character of the university’s architecture is an important issue for many campuses. At a minimum, no one wants their campus to have a “fortress” look. There are a few things that can be done to help minimize the visual impact of an exterior mounted barrier:
  1. Choose a security screen with a narrow sightline. Click here to learn about some designs that can provide high security levels while providing this aesthetic.
  2. Be sure the security barrier frame is painted to match the color of the existing window frame.  Many manufacturers offer custom colors or anodized finishes.
  3. Reduce infill glare.  Make it visually “disappear” by painting it black.

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