When it comes to protecting your home during a hurricane, it's important to focus on your windows. But if you think taping them will help, you'll not only be wasting your time, you could be making a deadly decision.
The group FLASH, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes--is trying to bust the myth of taping windows wide open. As part of its Great Hurricane Blowout, FLASH began a new awareness campaign called "Go Tapeless"--an effort to put an end to the persistent myth about masking tape and windows.
FLASH found that nearly seven out of ten homeowners still think tape will protect their homes. In reality it does nothing to keep glass from shattering and dangerous debris from getting into houses. In fact, masking tape over windows can actually create larger shards of glass.
FLASH says you're much better off spending your time--and money--installing impact-resistant shutters or at the very least plywood.