Use Stimulus Money to Improve School Safety
Upgrade Dangerous Wired Glass
wired glass is NOT safety glass. It breaks with minimal impact
causing thousands of school injuries every year. The stimulus
dollars now flowing to local school districts can be used to replace or
upgrade unsafe wired glass in schools. This newsletter and our Safe Glass for Schools website are intended to
provide school facility professionals with updated information about
where the stimulus money is going and how these funds can be used to
make schools safer.
Get All Stabilization Funds This Year
Under the Stimulus Plan, the
Department of Education (DOE) will release $48.6 billion to local school districts from the the State
Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF). As of August 2009, only 19% of
these funds had been released. DOE plans to release the
remaining 81% by the end of 2009. School districts are encouraged
to use any or all of their SFSF monies for school repair.
for spending SFSF funds authorize schools to replace or upgrade unsafe
wired glass, because these repairs:
· Create lasting results
Create local jobs
· Minimize unsustainable ongoing
To learn more about distributions of stabilization
funds, go to the Stimulus Money page on our Safe Glass For Schools website.
|Unsafe Wired Glass Injures Thousands of
Wired glass looks safe but it is not. While it can
protect the spread of fire, this fragile glass breaks with minimal human
impact. The wire actually weakens the glass and increases
the likelihood of breakage even under the relatively mild force exerted by
an elementary school student. Experts estimate that there are at least
2,300 school injuries yearly from unsafe wired glass. To see a CBS
Evening News investigative report on the dangers of wired glass, click here.
SaftiFirst has worked for over 30 years to call attention to the
need for glazing products that protect people from both fire and impact
danger. Now is the right time to change out or upgrade unsafe
wired glass to protect students.
The "window" for
action is short, though. That's why we are reaching out to
you. Please contact us if you need information about using
stimulus money for school repairs or about finding safe alternatives for
unsafe wired glass
SAFTI FIRST team
An Accident Waiting to Happen
Traditional wired glass cannot meet federal safety
standards for human impact. In fact, glazing, like the one
pictured above, can be shattered if a child as young as six runs into
it. This application of unsafe wired glass also violates model
building codes. Safe alternatives exist.
|In California, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wisconsin, West
Virginia and other places, school districts are
figuring out ways to put stimulus money to work in rennovating and
repairing facilities. Currently, one of the most popular mechanism
is through Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs).
federal government has allocated $22 billion for school districts to
issue bonds on which they do not have to pay any interest. Instead of
receiving interest, bondholders receive federal tax credits.
Click here to learn about how school districts are
using stimulus money to make school repairs.