The Safest Places in Your House During a Tornado

Hunker may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story.
The basement is the place to be in a tornado.

While it is unlikely that you will find yourself in a tornado's direct path, it is a possibility you should prepare for. If your area is experiencing bad weather, listen to your weather radio and track the weather reports. If you're advised to take shelter, do so immediately. If you think a tornado is approaching, but you're unaware of any tornado warnings, don't hesitate to go to a safe place in you home. While tornadoes are frightening, you can come through them unscathed if you take the proper precautions.

Interior Part of a Basement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that, "The safest place in a home is the interior part of a basement." If a tornado is approaching and you have a basement, go there to wait for it to pass.

Inside Room

If your home doesn't have a basement, the CDC recommends that you "go to an interior room, without windows, on the lowest floor of the house." Bathrooms, closets and hallways are good choices. Avoid rooms with windows, because windows can explode and increase the danger during a tornado.

Avoid Rooms with Heavy Objects Above Them

If you are in a two-story house, avoid areas where there is a heavy object directly above you. For instance, if there is a piano on the second floor of your home, don't take shelter in a room below it. If a tornado actually strikes your home, it's possible the piano could crash through the ceiling.

Sturdy Object

The CDC recommends taking shelter under a heavy object, such as a sturdy table, if possible. Such an object can provide added protection from falling debris. Always protect your head -- use your hands if you have nothing else.

Blanket or Mattress

If possible, cover your body with a blanket or mattress. This can further protect your body from debris that could cut or puncture your skin.

references & resources

Margie English

Margie English, a freelance writer based in Alabama, has been writing education-related articles since 2001. Her work appears in various online publications. She has a master's degree in education and taught English for seven years before starting her writing career.