Protect your home: Secure your windows against hurricanes

If a hurricane threatens, you definitely should cover your windows. As hurricanes approach, many residents nail sheets of plywood over plate glass windows. This is an excellent idea, as it prevents flying debris from breaking windows and exposing your house to winds and rain. In fact, during Hurricane Iniki, many homes lost roofs only after a window was breached because this allowed the wind to rush in and lift the roof from below.

However, if you choose to board up your windows, you must do a fool-proof job, not a halfway one. Plywood should be 5/8” thick and installed using bolts and masonry anchors. You also can purchase manufactured storm shutters.