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Myth No. 2: Open the windows in your home to equalize the pressure caused by a tornado

should you open a window during 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.

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