Hurricane Irma: How to safely install hurricane shutters
With Hurricane Irma heading in our direction, it’s natural to start thinking about installing hurricane shutters to protect your home.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the exact track of the hurricane remained uncertain, but forecasts showed an increasing threat to South Carolina and our region. Small changes in the storm’s direction can have a substantial influence on the hurricane’s impact, but a direct hit isn’t necessary for damaging winds to be present.
If you’re going to install and remove hurricane shutters yourself, make sure to follow proper safety precautions to avoid injury:
- Wear heavy work gloves to avoid cuts, lacerations and splinters.
- Install hurricane panels before winds begin to increase, usually well before the brunt of the storm.
- Work with a friend, neighbor or family member to install your panels. Another person can help you pick up the panels and secure the base of your ladder.
- Be careful about your posture when moving panels to help avoid back injury. Bend with your knees, not your back.
- Check your ladder to make sure it’s safe to use.
- Give yourself enough time to complete the job. If you’re in a rush, you’re more likely to make mistakes that can lead to injury.