The Protecting People First Foundation has launched an on-site
study to document the contribution of impact-resistant glass,
hurricane shutters and other protective glazing technologies in
preventing injury and property loss as a result of Hurricane Charley.
Project Safe Windows, as the initiative is called, started this
week with staff members traveling to Florida on Wednesday and
Thursday to begin surveying damage. The foundation has partnered
with ABS Consulting, a risk management firm, to analyze the performance
of various forms of safety glass in the areas hardest hit by the
August hurricane. The team will conduct an engineering analysis.
Protecting People First and ABS invite the public and property
managers to participate by sharing data and experience on the
performance of windows in homes, offices or public facilities
during Hurricane Charley.
"We've already received a good deal of anecdotal evidence
of impact-resistant glazing and safety window film making a big
difference in preventing injury and dramatically reducing property
damage in Hurricane Charley," said Eric Cote, manager of
the Protecting People First Foundation. "Our objective with
Project Safe Windows is to conduct a detailed analysis to validate
these initial reports and document findings from an engineering