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A security frame installed over a window fitted with venetian blinds

Overview

There are a few simple things that you can do to protect your family and your home during a storm or cyclone. We’ll show you how to do some early preparation, such as board up your windows and doors, to prevent damage.

Steps

1Measure up your plywood boards

If your windows are exposed to the elements or there's the risk of debris hitting them during a cyclone or severe storm, board them up with plywood to protect them. Hold the sheet of plywood up against the window and use a pencil to mark where you want to drill the screws into the frame.

Plywood boards being measured up to fit inside a window frame

2Screw the boards to the window frame

Drill self-tapping screws into the plywood until the screw goes through to the other side of the plywood. Then hold the plywood sheet against the window frame and fasten it. Secure the plywood to all corners of the window frame.

Plywood panels being screwed into a window frame with a power drill

3Number the plywood sheets

Once you have attached the plywood to the windows, a good tip is to number each of the sheets. Then draw a basic plan of your house and mark where the windows are. Next to each window on the plan, write down the numbers of the plywood sheets attached. This will make it easier to re-install the plywood in case of another storm or cyclone.

A window fully cyclone proofed with plywood boarding

4Choose permanent protection

If you want a more permanent protection for your windows or doors, install security or cyclone shutters. When a cyclone or storm is coming, you can simply wind them down to protect your windows. There is also safety and security window films that can hold glass together during severe weather.
A security frame installed over a window fitted with venetian blinds

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.