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Prevent hail damage and prepare for a hailstorm

Preventing roof damage

  • Check for curling shingles and small leaks that could lead to larger problems.
  • Trim tree branches so they don’t rub on the roof.
  • Remove debris from your roof, gutters and downspouts.
  • Repair or replace your roof to make it stronger and more weather-resistant.

During a hailstorm

  • Park your car in a garage or next to a building.
  • Close windows and drapes to prevent broken glass from flying inside.
  • Stay indoors, away from skylights and doors.

If you’re driving during a hailstorm

  • Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down.
  • Allow extra distance for braking.
  • If possible, pull into a garage or under a shelter to minimize hail damage.

After a hailstorm

  • Check your home and car for any potential hail damage.
  • If you find glass damage in your house or car, carefully remove any glass from the interior and cover the damaged area to prevent further water damage.
  • Keep in mind that hail can be a warning sign for tornadoes. If the sky is getting dark and you start to hear a loud roar, take shelter in case a tornado is on its way.