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Myth No. 3: Tape your windows before a hurricane
Taping a big “X” on your window "isn't going to do anything to prevent the window from blowing in," warns Rochman. “Plus, if you're taping windows at the last minute, you're putting yourself in danger. Better you should invest in a window protection system like impact-resistant windows or hurricane shutters."
James Judge, a member of the American Red Cross' Scientific Advisory Council, agrees. "The myth is that the tape will hold the glass together, but that's totally false," he warns. "The duct tape may in fact create larger shards of glass that could cause significant injuries. The best thing to do is to put up plywood or a corrugated type of window protection."
Pages in this slideshow:
- Bad idea: 6 myths about how to react during a disaster
- Myth No. 1: Stand inside a doorway during an earthquake
- Myth No. 2: Open the windows in your home to equalize the pressure caused by a tornado
- Myth No. 3: Tape your windows before a hurricane
- Myth No. 4: Open a window or a door on the lee side of your house during a hurricane
- Myth No. 5: Stay and defend your home in the event of a wildfire
- Myth No. 6: Abandon your car and lie in a ditch if caught in a tornado