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Myth No. 1: Stand inside a doorway during an earthquake
Years ago, when homes and buildings weren’t built according to today’s improved engineering standards, people recommended standing inside a reinforced doorway for protection during an earthquake. But these days, "that is definitely a myth that could get you into trouble," warns Peter Moraga, a spokesperson for the Insurance Information Network of California. "Scientists have proven that the best thing to do is drop, cover and hold on."
By dropping to your knees, covering your head and hiding beneath a heavy table or another piece of furniture, Moraga says you stand a much better chance of avoiding falling objects during an earthquake. Also, you're more likely to get injured while dashing for a doorway than simply staying put.
The American Red Cross offers more tips for staying safe when the earth shakes.
Pages in this slideshow:
- Bad idea: 6 myths about how to react during a disaster
- Myth No. 1: Stand inside a doorway during an earthquake
- Myth No. 2: Open the windows in your home to equalize the pressure caused by a tornado
- Myth No. 3: Tape your windows before a hurricane
- Myth No. 4: Open a window or a door on the lee side of your house during a hurricane
- Myth No. 5: Stay and defend your home in the event of a wildfire
- Myth No. 6: Abandon your car and lie in a ditch if caught in a tornado