“If I tape my windows, they won’t shatter.”

Incorrect.  Taping windows can actually cause a larger problem.  When untaped windows get hit with flying debris, they will shatter into a million tiny pieces.  That’s horrible, right?  When taped windows are hit with debris, they still break, but into larger and more dangerous pieces.  These are the shards that could cause really damage to you.  The tape will not keep the windows in one piece nor will it stop foreign objects from penetrating into your living room.  So forget the tape; it’s just a pain to clean up afterwards anyway.

“If I crack the windows, that will stabilize pressure.”

This is one we’ve heard for years for not only hurricanes but also tornadoes.  Think about it this way, when a storm hits and you open the window to let vicious, violent air into the home, it’s going to look for a way to escape.  Your windows will be broken from the outside long before your home gets close to any part of the hurricane where the pressure is sufficient to do damage on its own.  Also, homes aren’t air tight.  There are enough little openings in a home that it’d be very hard to build up enough pressure for anything to explode.

“I only board up windows facing the water or wind.”

Look at a hurricane from an  aerial view and you’ll see they rotate and move.   Winds won’t and don’t come from a single direction.  Besides, it’s the things that are flying in the wind that pose the most danger to your windows.   If you’re boarding up, don’t cut corners.  Better yet, call Folkers for actual hurricane shutters.  Plywood, while better than nothing, is not the home protector many believe it is.  It may help with some flying debris but it is not that effective against winds, even if installed correctly.  Plywood is a method of last resort rather than the poor man’s equivelent of professionally installed hurricane shutters.  The two are not even comparable.  FEMA spokeswoman Sylvia E. Farrington noted “even a minimal hurricane can drill a 2 by 4 through a concrete wall.  Imagine how plywood will fare.

“Bracing or leaning against a door or window that’s being blown in by wind pressure can save it from breaking or shattering.”

If your doors or windows are bending to strong winds, get the hell away from them so you don’t get hit with something.  You’re body weight or furniture is not going to stop a storm.

“I’m not on the coast, so a hurricane can’t possibly hit me.”

Hurricanes spur all kinds of nasty weather – high winds, driving rain, tornadoes, flooding, flying debris and more.  In addition, hurricanes can make it pretty far inland before they dissipate.  It may not be the hurricane proper, but it’s still serious damage.

Call the experts to assist with hurricane and storm preparedness.  Call Folkers.