Icicles: Nice looking but pretty dangerous

January 09, 2018 06:27 PM

With the temperatures warming up, many of you might start seeing the classic sign of thawing, and that is icicles.

Now I know they are a classic sign of winter and become all too familiar here in Rochester but remember they can still be rather dangerous.

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Actually, according to the Department of Labor, there have been 16 deaths in the past decade due to ice and snow falling incidents. Numerous injuries have also been reported from falling ice chunks, simply doing the math it is no wonder why you can be injured by this.

An icicle with a weight of 11 pounds dropped from 16 feet will hit with the force of over 550 pounds. An it can be dangerous inside and outside: A home in Billings, Montana had a large chunk of ice that fell through the roof into a closet.

The key thing to remember is if you can knock down icicles, try to stand away from them as well when doing so especially with larger ones. And if it is too much for you to handle hire something to help you clear out the ice.

Now if you feel you have more ice forming on your house than normal there may be some things structurally going on, including a warm attic, which can melt snow for a short time before re-freezing on the edges of your roof.

Also poor insulation can do the same and a heat source, like a chimney or a dryer vent.


Robert Speta

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