A Word of Caution on Hurricane Shutters

After writing a few blogs on hurricane shutters, I feel compelled to remind folks not to leave the shutters up longer than needed after a hurricane.  I remember the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, and I confess that I left some of mine up longer than necessary.  Like a lot of people, I was simply tired of the drill of putting them up and taking them down for multiple storms.

 

We need to remember that shutters have been blamed, in part, for some people being killed by fires in their homes.  I recall during the 2004 hurricane season that four children and their stepfather were killed in a fire in their Homestead home.  Shutters were on their windows and were reported to have prevented the family from escaping the fire.  And in that same hurricane season, there was a priest who died in a fire in Fort Lauderdale.  Firefighters were reportedly hampered during the rescue by hurricane shutters.

 

 If you have shutters you will be able to enjoy a sense of security during the next hurricane.  But please don’t leave them up longer than necessary.

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One thought on “A Word of Caution on Hurricane Shutters

  1. This is right on, consumers should remove at least on e set of shutters from each room imediately after Tropical Storm sinds subside. This allows ventialtion since the power is generally off, light to reduce gas consumption from generators, and restores the emergency escape and rescue opeings required for normal fire safety.

    The shutter industry has created new innovative hardware that allows hurricane panels to be easily released from the inside. these systems can be inexpensively retrofited to existing hurricane panel installations.

    At least one opening is required to provide safe exit from the house, even during the hurricane. The use of an impact resistant door, accordion that releases from the inside, or a roll up shutter is recommended to protect the emergency escape door and provide quick escape.

    Candles and oil lanterns should not be used to provide emergency lighting before, during or after the storm. Flashlights or other forms of electrical lighting are recommended.

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