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Health Tip: Protect Yourself During a Tornado

Health Tip: Protect Yourself During a Tornado


(HealthDay News) -- When a tornado is headed for your home, it's important to take shelter immediately in the safest possible spot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tornado safety tips:

  • Stay away from all windows.
  • The safest place in any home is a basement.
  • If you do not have a basement, go to the lowest floor, away from any windows. This space may be a bathroom, closet or hallway.
  • Position yourself under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a table or bench.
  • Cover your body with a blanket or mattress and use something to protect your head.
  • Avoid having a very heavy object, such as a piano or refrigerator, directly above you. The object could fall through the floor.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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