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6/8/2012 - Setting the record straight on hurricane safety myths


Experts recommend keeping windows shut during a storm.

With hurricane season's arrival, home, auto and business insurance professionals are looking to better educate policyholders about various hurricane safety myths in an attempt to help them avoid serious damage to their properties.

In its recently released brochure, "Blowing Away the Myths," the Property Casualty Insurers Association pinpoints certain untruths regarding hurricane protection.

One of these untruths is the notion that opening windows during a storm helps reduce air pressure. In reality, this actually increase the risk that a home or structure will be damaged, as this increases wind pressure and at the same time allows wind-driven rain to come into the living space.

Another flawed safety tactic is taping windows to enhance their impact resistance. Instead, consider installing storm shutters.

"At a minimum, window shutters need to be made of ?" plywood or metal and fastened correctly in order to provide protection.

To read other myths and storm-related resolutions provided by PCI, click here.

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