In this post, you'll learn more about how security screens can guard against specific types of public school window vandalism and forced entry attempts.
To read this series from the beginning, please refer to Public School Safety Series (PART 1: SECURITY LEVELS)
|Security screens on a public school building in New York City|
- Choose a screen with a narrow sightline. The newer designs can provide high security levels with a sightline of approximately 2”.
- The screen frame should be painted to match the building's trim color or the color of the existing window frame. Ask your security screen manufacturer about custom color options.
- The infill material should be painted black to make it “disappear” visually.
"Split” operation frames allow the screens to be folded out of the way when air conditioners are in use and then be returned to their normal positions when air conditioners are removed. This solves the problem of lost or damaged screens and insures security in all types of weather.
- Use painted stainless steel wire cloth or a perforated panel to keep corrosion at bay.
- Be sure to specify screens that come with heavy steel hinges with removable pins. Over time, bent and broken hinges are the most vulnerable part of the screen.
- Specify an exterior lock. Exterior locking prevents maintenance personnel from having to enter into the classroom to clean the screens.