There are apparently quite a few pieces of advice out there about hurricane prep that just aren't true, and experts want to make sure you know! While you SHOULD definitely make sure you have enough food and water to last at least a few days, get a flashlight, evacuate if necessary, etc, experts are saying you SHOULDN'T tape your windows.
This theory was disproven years ago, but was widely believed to be effective in keeping windows from shattering due to high winds during storms.
"Hurricane preparedness brochures promoted window taping into the 1980s before experts realized that this technique might just do more harm than good," science.howstuffworks.com writes. "The idea was that tape could help brace windows against the effects of winds, or at the very least prevent them from shattering into a million tiny pieces. In reality, taping does nothing to strengthen windows. And sure, it might prevent tiny shards of flying glass, but it could also produce the one thing that is worse: giant shards of flying glass held together with tape!"
Soooo taping your windows may just lead to larger, deadlier chunks of glass.
Business Insider agrees, saying, "The best DIY alternative is boarding up your windows with plywood (preferably at least 5/8 inch thick) and caulking the perimeters to help keep out water. And though these are not a last-minute solution, you could also invest in wind-resistant windows or pull-down storm shutters, which need to be retro-fitted ahead of time."
Stay safe out there! Hurricane Florence is set to hit the Carolinas this week.
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