How to Reduce Damage During Thunderstorms This Summer

One of the biggest dangers from thunderstorms is flying debris caused by high winds that can damage buildings and endanger people. Take a look around your home or business and make these improvements to reduce your risk:

  • Replace gravel/rock landscaping materials and walkways with a softer material, such as mulch or dirt. During particularly strong hurricanes, gravel has been found in mail boxes and has even shredded vinyl siding.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery away from buildings and remove any weakened sections of trees that might easily break off and fall onto buildings. Review IBHS’ Reducing Tree Damage guide to learn how to identify common problems, how to prune before a storm, and what to do with storm-damaged trees.

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Article by Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.