Hailstorm Safety Tips You Should Know

by Middleton Realty, Inc. 12/26/2021

Hail is a common weather phenomenon in areas prone to thunderstorms. Even if it never snows, you may experience the falling balls of frozen water pelting everything below. No matter where you are when a hailstorm occurs, it can be stressful and dangerous. Here are some safety tips for what to do if you're caught in a severe hailstorm:

If You're Inside

Inside a building is the safest place to be during a hailstorm. Even large hail stones aren't powerful enough to break through rooves, though they can crack or break windows. To stay safe, move away from windows or glass doors. Close drapes or curtains to prevent broken glass from spreading into the home if a window breaks. Make sure any pets or small children are inside and accounted for and wait for the storm to cease.

If You're Outside

If you're caught outside when a hailstorm begins, do your best to get inside or under shelter. However, avoid seeking shelter under trees, as hail is often accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorms that can increase the risk of falling branches. When getting to shelter, protect your head with anything you might have--the more solid, the better. Even a jacket or backpack can soften the blow of a heavy hailstone and help prevent serious injury.

If You're Driving

Encountering a hailstorm while driving is common, and while the car itself will protect you from hail, there are important safety precautions to take. If you're in a moving car, pull over safely to wait out the storm. Falling hail can hinder visibility and also make other drivers behave erratically, so the best thing you can do is stay off the road until it passes. If you can, situate yourself toward the center of the car, away from the windows. Most modern cars are equipped with safety glass to reduce the risk of shattering, but it's still a good idea to shield your head and eyes from the risk of broken windows.

Hail is a fascinating natural occurrence, but one that can pose serious threats if you're caught unprepared. Remember these key tips to keep yourself safe in case you encounter a hailstorm.

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Middleton Realty, Inc.

Patrick Middleton, Broker/ Owner of Middleton Realty Corp. A Jacksonville native, I obtained my real estate license in 1985 and opened Middleton Realty in 1995. My interest in real estate was spurred by a desire to invest in residential properties. This interest became a focal point of my business. For over 30 years, I have been helping people build their investment portfolios and helping home-buyers make fiscally sound decisions. My love of the outdoors, especially fishing and boating, has given me an edge in helping others who want to incorporate Jacksonville’s outstanding outdoor amenities into their personal lifestyle. Willie Inman- Real Estate Agent NACA approved, first time home buyer specialist, commercial . 904 673-1388, [email protected] Tom Burau- Real Estate Agent Certified distressed property specialist, military relocation professional. Tom works with first time home-buyers as well as exclusive beach properties and multi-unit investment properties. Contact info: 904 553-8291, [email protected] Also on Facebook.