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Daily Q&A: How helpful is window film for hurricane protection?

How helpful is window film for hurricane protection?

Window film is not Florida Building Code compliant form of hurricane protection.

Attorney General Bill McCollum has issued a warning to consumers, saying the purported benefits leave homeowners with a false sense of security, and ultimately very vulnerable to the destructive forces of hurricane winds and flying debris.

McCollum offers the following recommendations to avoid falling victim to dealers who may be misrepresenting the film's capabilities:

• Ask to see the product approval and the corresponding number.

• Go to www.floridabuilding.org and/or www.miamidade.gov/buildingcode/ to assure that the number supplied is verifiable.

• Check with your local building department. Most building departments require a permit to install hurricane protection.

• Report any company that is making fraudulent claims about window film.

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Daily Q&A: How helpful is window film for hurricane protection? 09/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:00pm]
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