Excerpt from Sunday Cape Cod Times

Published on: March 3, 2015

Do the following:

  1. Try to shave the snow down to 2-3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to the shingles or other roof covering. \
  2. Keep all ladders, shovels and roof rakes away from utility wires
  3. Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing snow over the side away from the building
  4. Remove large icicles carefully if they are hanging over doorways or walkways. Consider knocking down icicles accessing through an open window using a broom
  5. Protect utility meters and piping from falling snow, icicles and melting water.
  6. Consider hiring professionals to do the job. The combination of heights plus ice makes this on e of the more dangerous household chores. If you choose to do the task yourself, have someone outside to assist you.
  7. Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level

 Don’t do the following:

  1. Don’t use blow torches, open flame, or electric heating devices like hair dryers or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
  2. Don’t try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company for assistance.

Other tips

  1. Clear snow away from furnace and dryer exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.