Do you know how to protect your windows during a hurricane? Here’s a hint: you’re going to need wood, not tape.
“It does not protect your windows and at best it is an inconvenience because you’re spending time taping the windows” — windows that can still shatter with wind-borne debris, says Brooke Holden, communications specialist with the Horry County Emergency Management Division.
Emergency officials say the best way to protect your windows from shattering during a hurricane is to board them up.
“Boards provide more support than tape,” Holden said. “If you don’t have shutters, you can board your windows and by doing so it is protecting your home and windows from breaking should tropical storm force winds reach your area.”
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recommends the following tips for boarding up windows:
- Count and measure each window and door that has glass.
- Measure each opening horizontally inside the exterior trim and vertically from the sill to the bottom of the top trim. Add eight inches to the height and width to provide a four-inch overlap on all sides.