FLASH also known as the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes is a non-profit that aims to strengthen homes and safeguard families from natural disasters. Its latest campaign "The Great Hurricane Blowout" aims to erase public misconceptions about the deadly storms.
One of the biggest myths they hope to put an end to is the ever-popular window taping during hurricane season.
The "Go Tapeless" campaign tries to convince people that taping windows is a useless preparation that actually doesn't help keep windows intact. Instead it creates a false sense of security and leaves unattractive marks once removed.
"Taping up windows can also create larger and potentially dangerous shards of broken glass when winds blow though the home."
And that's hardly the worst of it.
"Taping up windows can also create larger and potentially dangerous shards of broken glass when winds blow though the home," FLASH president Leslie Chapman-Henderson told meteorologists at the recent National Hurricane Conference. "The shards can become bigger because they're being held together."
The best solution for protecting windows and glass doors are impact-resistant coverings, such as shutters, windows, and doors made out of impact resistant material. But one alternative is the use of temporary plywood shutters. FLASH has provided steps to help you prepare for any situation.
So next time just skip the window taping because it's just a potentially dangerous waste of time and money.