Hurricane officials: No more tape for windows
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By MIKE SCHNEIDER
Associated Press

ORLANDO, FL (AP) -- Officials with the National Hurricane Center have a message for residents living in hurricane-prone areas: Don't tape your windows.

Hurricane center officials are joining with a consumer advocate group Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando to encourage residents to skip taping their windows when a hurricane is heading their way. They believe it leads to a false sense of security.

They say residents in hurricane zones instead should use hurricane shutters and impact-resistant windows.

Hundreds of meteorologists and emergency management officials are in Orlando for the weeklong hurricane conference.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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dont use tape, use window tint. Just do a wet application (dont try to stick it on dry) of tint on your windows, it'll save you money on heating and cooling bills. If the window breaks it'll be one big sheet of broken glass stuck on the tint film. Easy to clean up and no sticky tape residue to remove if the window dosent break.

I taped my office windows for a storm and went home. Afterwards, I went back to the office, all the glass was blown out, the furniture in the waiting room was shredded and the largest pieces of glass left intact were on the tape ( maybe the size of a tennis ball), the rest was shattered and everywhere in the room. Tape does not help one iota. The only thing renters or anyone else for that matter, can do is stay away from the windows. Tape is a waste of money, time and is a MAJOR clean up to get it off the glass.

Whatever the problem, just add money. Problem solved. Fixes every problem except where to keep getting the money from. No wonder the United States is in debt up to its earlobes.

I guess we shouldn't use plastic and duct tape in case of an anthrax attack now then either.

but for those of us who are renters dont have the option to get hurricane shutters or replacement impact resistant windows.. Something is better then nothing at all so guess what if a Hurricane is coming this way Im taping my damn windows!!!

I agree Guest28451

Renters don't have many options. Not to mention the high cost of hurricane type shutters or impact resistant windows, especially in this economy when people who own their property are struggling to just be able to make house payments.

Years ago, after a rather strong hurricane hit our area, I rode through Carolina Beach to observe the damage. I saw several houses with their windows blown out but all of those that were taped were still intact. These were older houses built long before impact resistant windows were available.

The moral of the story: TAPE YOUR WINDOWS!!!!!!

Mayor Saffo and Commissioner Barfield may just employ the "tape police" and cite you for not following the rules.

That's the American way.......spend thousands of dollars on shutters or replacement windows. Why are they coming up with this earth-shaking suggestion now? I think everybody knows Duct Tape will not stop a window from being broken, but helps to keep the pane of glass together instead of small fragments, like safety glass in your car. If you will notice, most homeowners in hurricane prone areas rely on the old standby, plywood. It is a lot cheaper and works just as well.

I wonder if someone in the consumer advocate group sells hurricane shutters.