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How to Stay Safe During a Hailstorm

by Sally Masters, P.A. 05/08/2022

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.

About the Author
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Sally Masters, P.A.

Trustworthy, reliable, hardworking---a committed and dedicated Realtor who has earned the respect and admiration of her peers and the many clients who have called on her to consummate an important Real Estate transaction.

For over two decades, Sally Masters has been successfully listing and selling homes throughout Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft. Myers and Cape Coral and surrounding areas. Today, she is recognized as one of Southwest Florida’s most outstanding marketing, negotiating and sales professionals. In 2018, this native of London, England joined the Signature International Premier Properties team, bringing her vast knowledge and insight of the residential, waterfront, golf course and estate home marketplace to one of Florida’s fastest growing Real Estate Companies.

Sally has few equals in regards to her list of industry-wide certifications and designations. They include being a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and an Institute Luxury Home Market member. Sally has earned a CIPS Designation (Certified International Property Specialist), the RSPS Certification (Resort and Second Home Property Specialist) the SRES Designation (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and the MRP Certification (Military Relocation Professional)

In addition, she has been the recipient of the prestigious Ad Miller Award, recognizing an individual who has contributed to the enhancement and preservation of private property rights. In August, 2018, Sally was featured in Forbes Magazine as a Real Estate Market leader for Southwest Florida.

Sally Masters’ network of clients stretches far and wide- both beyond the United States and throughout Canada and Europe. For years, she has successfully worked with the many international buyers and sellers who invest and call home to Naples and its surrounding environs.

Going above and beyond for her many clients and her commitment to keep her buyers and sellers well informed throughout the entire transaction process is what truly defines Sally’s highly acclaimed work ethic. She constantly receives referrals and new business from her many satisfied clients who enlisted her as their broker of choice and remain in close contact.

Sally continues to give to the community she has called home for many years. She is the active and proud founder of the www. Adopt-A-Soldier.org, a charitable organization that sends packages to our troops stationed overseas.