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IHPA Launches Consumer Awareness Campaign for Hurricane Protection
Date:7/22/2009

(FBC), which awards an FBC number to properly tested and evaluated products; Miami-Dade County, which awards a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) to approved products, and the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), which creates a product evaluation number for tested products. The International Code Council (ICC) will be issuing evaluation numbers on storm and hurricane protection as well in the future. "If you can get the contractor to supply any one of these numbers, you can be fairly confident that what you are paying for has been tested and certified by a qualified agency to give you the protection you need to stand up to storm and hurricane force winds and pressures."

Johnston sites these simple steps:

Insist on the approval number - Do not accept or be fooled by a slick contractor who tells you that the numbers are not important.

Verify the number - Okay, you have been given the number - now what? Verify it. All hurricane protection product approvals are publicly available on the websites of the approving agencies. Visit the approved products page at www.inthpa.com for links to these agencies.

Check the label - Once the product has been installed on your home, check that it has a label listing the approval number. This avoids the opportunity for the contractor to tell you they are selling you an approved product when, in actuality, they may supply something different.

"It's pretty simple; just 'Get the Number!''"

About the International Hurricane Protection Association

The IHPA is a non-profit organization with a membership of over 200 manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and government agencies providing quality hurricane protection systems, information, and education to insure the publics' welfar
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