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Myth No. 4: Open a window or a door on the lee side of your house during a hurricane
This is a long-standing myth spread from one neighbor to the next.
“The belief is that if you open the windows on the lee side of a home, you’ll relieve the pressure and prevent the roof from popping off,” says Judge, referring to the side of a building that is sheltered from the wind. “But the fact of the matter is that’s a huge misconception.” Changes in atmospheric pressure caused by a hurricane have no impact on a home or building. Opening doors and windows, however, can invite in flying debris -- a definite hazard.
National Geographic has advice on how to stay safe during a hurricane.
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