RICHBURG, S.C. -- Shutting all interior doors of your home, in addition to protecting all exterior openings, is an important and simple precaution that all homeowners should take to reduce storm forces on their roof and protect homes from avoidable hurricane wind damage, according to extensive research conducted by the Richburg-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).
Residents in the path of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall along the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 major hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, are urged to prepare for catastrophic winds, torrential rain and life-threatening storm surge. Michael is forecast to generate tropical storm conditions (damaging winds, flooding rain) as it treks across South Carolina on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Severe winds from tropical systems place homes under intense pressure and subject them to dangerous flying debris which can puncture a hole in the home’s windows or walls.
“Wind entering the home through an opening or broken window can create strong upward pressure on the roof, much like air can build up in a balloon. Closing all 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,” said Roy Wright, president and CEO of IBHS.
IBHS offers science-based risk mitigation guidance for business owners and homeowners to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms at www.disastersafety.org.