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Tornadoes And Where Is Best Place In Your Home For Safety
We are now in the storm season here in Winter Garden, Florida. Being from Wisconsin where basements are common in most homes a person has to wonder, where is the best place to be during a tornado without a basement. Originally when I moved to the area I intended to have a small underground pod/shelter on my property for safety. I will have an article about that on another day so like our page. After talking to long time residents I was told tornadoes are very rare in central Florida. After last last nights experience I have to disagree.
Previous to research I thought the safest place may be for the wife and kid to take cover in the large garden bath tub, and I take cover in the standard tub allowing for support. This morning I decided to research this query where in my home would be the best place for shelter and here is what I found on a government website. Form this information I have come to the conclusion our bathroom in the middle of the home would be the safest place. The wife and kid can squeeze into the standard tub, and I can become their mattress of protection.
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If No Underground or Reinforced Shelter is Available
If you're like most people, you don't have an underground shelter. In this case, you need to find a location that is...
As close to the ground as possible
As far inside the building as possible
Away from doors, windows and outside walls
In as small of a room as possible
If you don't have a safe room, basement or underground storm shelter, what should you do? Remembering the basics of tornado safety, you should look around your home to determine the best place.
Here are Some Ideas
Bathrooms MAY be a good shelter, provided they are not along an outside wall and have no windows. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing magically safe about getting in a bathtub with a mattress. In some cases, this might be a great shelter. However, it depends on where your bathroom is. If your bathroom has windows and is along an outside wall, it's probably not the best shelter.
Bathrooms have proven to be adequate tornado shelters in many cases for a couple of reasons. First, bathrooms are typically small rooms with no windows in the middle of a building. Secondly, it is thought that the plumbing within the walls of a bathroom helps to add some structural strength to the room.
However, with tornadoes there are no absolutes, and you should look closely at your home when determining your shelter area.
A small interior closet might be a shelter. Again, the closet should be as deep inside the building as possible, with no outside walls, doors or windows. Be sure to close the door and cover up.
If a hallway is your shelter area, be sure to shut all doors. Again, the goal is to create as many barriers as possible between you and the flying debris in and near a tornado. To be an effective shelter, a hallway should as be far inside the building as possible and should not have any openings to the outside (windows and doors).
The space underneath a stairwell could be used as a shelter.