When preparing for a hurricane, it is easy to find yourself turning to popular myths to protect your loved ones and your property. For example, you may have heard that taping a big “X” on your windows will prevent them from breaking and keep you safe in a hurricane. Actually, that “X” will do little to protect your windows from being shattered by the wind or flying debris. Instead, you should install permanent storm shutters or board up your windows with marine plywood that has been cut to fit them.1
The “X” tape myth is just one of the many misconceptions about adequate hurricane preparation. Take a look at a few other popular hurricane myths:
Hurricane-force winds can turn landscaping materials and other outdoor items into projectiles that can break windows on any side of your home.2 All windows and glass doors should be secured to guard against high winds and flying objects.
You are putting yourself in danger if you remain in front of windows and doors. Instead, you should:
This myth is based on the misconception that pressure can build up in your home during a storm to the point of causing complete structural failure. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, no house is built airtight and an over-pressurization to this degree is not possible. Opening windows presents the danger of flying objects entering your home.4 Therefore, all windows should be closed and shuttered during a hurricane.
Each year, heavy rains, strong winds, floods and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes affect much of the United States, including both coastal and inland areas.5 Although all of us hope we will not be affected by a hurricane, it is always safer for you, your family and business to be prepared.
Whether it be a warning or a watch, be prepared.Follow these hurricane prep tips >