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When to take down your hurricane shutters

Firefighters warn of fire risk
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Posted at 3:20 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 19:59:17-04

Is your house still shuttered up from Hurricane Dorian? You are likely not alone, but firefighters said it is a safety hazard.

Lou Dagostino said it took a group of guys about 2 and a half hours to board up his two-story home. "Everything is coming down," he said. "I think we got lucky."

He's among those quick to take them down. Others eyeing the tropics and playing the waiting game.

"We know of stories where people have not made it out, because they were completely trapped," said Elyse Weintraub Brown, a fire safety specialist with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

She said the best thing to do is take them off as soon as possible. But for those who are unable or dead set on waiting, she had this to say, "The compromise would be making sure they have a secondary exit, a window or door from every room and it doesn't have to be all the windows, at least one."

If you need help, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said it can put you in touch with resources.

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