There are things you shouldn't do in times of hurricanes because they are myths, dangerous or a waste of time. For instance:
* Don't tape windows. Tape does almost no good - and it's a mess to remove.
* Don't open a window away from the wind direction. Any opening can allow wind inside the home, and the wind can shift.
* Don't go near windows or glass patio doors during a storm.
* Don't empty an in-ground pool. The water table can rise from the rain and force the pool up, perhaps out of the ground.
* Don't use candles for light if the power goes off. The danger of fire is too great.
* Don't use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors.
* Don't approach animals wandering after the storm. Even docile pets can be unnerved by a storm and could bite.
* Don't connect a generator directly to your home's electric system. It can electrify lines outside and endanger neighbors and utility workers.
* Don't drive through moving water over a road. Even six inches of flowing water can cause a car to float.
* If returning after an evacuation, don't stay in the house if you smell gas. Open windows and leave.
* Don't let your pets out after the storm without a leash. With landmarks gone, they can get lost and perhaps encounter displaced wild animals.
* Don't sightsee in damaged neighborhoods.
* Don't stay after an evacuation is ordered. Rescue workers will not try to reach you at the height of the storm.
* Don't bring guns, alcohol or pets to a public shelter.
* Don't touch metal fences after a storm. They could be touching downed power lines.