Windows Open In Hurricane Reduces Damage

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Hurricane Windows."
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Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: To protect your house from Mother Nature's wrath, it's best to batten down the hatches. Opening the windows to prevent an air pressure build-up might seem like a good idea, but would you ever toss all of your belongings into a wind tunnel for kicks? Didn't think so. That's pretty much what you're doing when you open windows to let in hurricane-force winds that can rip off roofing and demolish walls.

Add to those 100-mile-per-hour winds some complimentary debris, rain, maybe the neighbor's car — so that even if the outside of your house stands up against the storm, you'll still have a soggy, wrecked interior on your hands. Your best bet for avoiding that scenario is to play it safe and board up those windows.

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