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.