Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
May 31, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Attorney General Bondi Urges Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Season and Warns Consumers of Window Film Advertised as “Hurricane Protection”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—With hurricane season beginning on June 1, Attorney General Pam Bondi urges consumers to prepare for hurricane season and to be wary of companies that claim their window films protect against hurricane-force wind. The Attorney General’s Office is currently investigating companies across the state that have been advertising window films as a way to protect a house from hurricane-force winds and has entered eight settlement agreements, to date, to resolve these alleged practices. The Florida Building Commission has not approved window film as a form of hurricane protection; therefore, it cannot be advertised as offering hurricane protection.
“As homeowners prepare for hurricane season, they should be cautious when purchasing window films that claim to safeguard their homes from hurricanes,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “The Florida Building Commission must give approval before a company can advertise its product as a form of hurricane protection, and they have not approved window films for this use.”
In order for the Florida Building Commission to approve a product designed for a window, the product must be part of the complete window system and assembly, and window films do not meet that requirement. Anyone who advertises, sells, offers, provides, distributes, or markets a product as hurricane, windstorm, or impact protection from wind-borne debris without such approval is in violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Attorney General Bondi recommends that Floridians take the following steps to ensure that products being sold as hurricane protection have been approved by the Florida Building Commission:
· Ask to see the product approval and the corresponding number;
· Visit Floridabuilding.org to ensure that the number supplied is verifiable;
· Check with your local building department. Most building departments require a permit to install hurricane protection; and
· Report any company that is making fraudulent claims about window film.
Consumers can report fraudulent activity by calling the Attorney General’s fraud hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226), or by filing a complaint online at MyFloridaLegal.com. Floridians can visit FloridaDisaster.org for tips on hurricane preparedness.