Properly securing a home can help minimize the damages and loss which are expected as Hurricane Irma is set to bring Category 5 winds and rainfall to the Caribbean and Florida.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is offering advice for everyone who is in the storm’s projected path.
They advise home owners close all interior doors, as an additional safety measure.
Per Disaster Safety:
Following rigorous scientific wind testing on a full-scale, 1,400 square foot single-story home in its unique laboratory this summer, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has important new guidance for all homeowners preparing for major wind storms such as Hurricane Irma: close all interior doors, in addition to all windows and exterior doors.
The closed interior doors can help prevent further damage should a window break:
High winds, such as those currently expected from Hurricane Irma, place homes under intense pressure. Wind entering the home through an open or broken window, can create strong upward pressure on the roof. Closing interior doors helps compartmentalize the pressure inside the home into smaller areas reducing the overall force on the roof structure, which gives the roof a better chance of staying intact.
“The roof is your first line of defense against anything Mother Nature inflicts on a home, and during a bad storm your roof endures fierce pressure from wind, rain, and flying debris that may be outside,” said Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. “But the roof also must withstand internal pressure if winds get inside. The pressure in your home can build like air in a balloon, eventually causing the roof to fail and blow apart, which – particularly in a hurricane – allows water to come pouring in.”
More information on how to better secure homes can be found here:
As the eastern United States and Caribbean islands prepare for Hurricane Irma, IBHS urges homeowners to follow all evacuation orders and be sure to shut the doors on Irma to increase its ability to withstand the storm.
IBHS offers additional hurricane preparedness tips here. The Institute will provide further data behind our summer wind testing findings in October.