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Research identifies an important but simple way to improve the chances of avoiding hurricane damage to buildings

Following rigorous scientific wind testing on a full-scale, 1,400 square foot single-story building in its laboratory, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has important new guidance for building owners preparing for major wind storms and hurricanes: close all interior doors, in addition to all windows and exterior doors.

High winds place buildings under intense pressure. Wind entering the building through an open or broken window, can create strong upward pressure on the roof. Closing interior doors helps compartmentalize the pressure inside the building into smaller areas reducing the overall force on the roof structure, which gives the roof a better chance of staying intact.

IBHS will provide further data resulting from its summer wind testing findings in October.

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