Should You Open Windows During A Tornado Or Hurricane?

broken-window-from-flying-debris-dynamix.jpg Question: Fact or myth?…

You should open the windows in your house during a tornado or hurricane?

Answer: MYTH!

See why…

Not only is this wrong — it’s dangerous.

Opening a window brings in high-pressure air, which then must escape.

That’s usually out other windows or doors, or through the ceiling or roof.

Cracking the windows could even cause a house to explode. A better defense is covering openings with reinforced plywood, so air flows over (not into) the house.

– This Old House, July/Aug 2008

 

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I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Matt

    “Opening a window brings in high-pressure air…”

    Opening a window does the exact opposite. The air outside is low pressure due to it’s speed. That’s the origin of the “myth.” High pressure air moves to low pressure so the higher pressure air inside will pop the roof off trying to get to the low pressure air outside. The same reason airplanes fly. Bernoulli’s Principle.

    Don’t know if the window opening is a good idea or not, or if its myth or fact, but this answer is wrong.

  • Matt

    “Opening a window brings in high-pressure air…”

    Opening a window does the exact opposite. The air outside is low pressure due to it’s speed. That’s the origin of the “myth.” High pressure air moves to low pressure so the higher pressure air inside will pop the roof off trying to get to the low pressure air outside. The same reason airplanes fly. Bernoulli’s Principle.

    Don’t know if the window opening is a good idea or not, or if its myth or fact, but this answer is wrong.