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Myth No. 2: Open the windows in your home to equalize the pressure caused by a tornado
This is a terrible idea for a couple of reasons, explains Julie Rochman, president of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. "A, it doesn't work. And B, it's a really bad idea to stand in front of a window when a tornado is flinging debris all over the place. Plus, if there's an opening in the window, you could be sucked out."
Rochman recommends that people "leave their windows alone and instead go to a windowless area, like a shelter, your basement or a windowless room."
In addition, after some public pressure, the CDC has acknowledged that it might be a good idea to wear a helmet during a tornado, but only if you don’t spend time looking for one.
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