Published on: March 3, 2015
Do the following:
- 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. \
- Keep all ladders, shovels and roof rakes away from utility wires
- Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing snow over the side away from the building
- Remove large icicles carefully if they are hanging over doorways or walkways. Consider knocking down icicles accessing through an open window using a broom
- Protect utility meters and piping from falling snow, icicles and melting water.
- 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.
- Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level
Don’t do the following:
- Don’t use blow torches, open flame, or electric heating devices like hair dryers or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
- Don’t try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company for assistance.
- Clear snow away from furnace and dryer exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.