KEENE, NH- The state’s Public Risk Management Exchange has released some helpful tips on how residents can reduce the risk of a roof collapse from snow and ice buildup.
As major winter storms have a reputation for producing heavy wet snow and drifting from strong winds can create a perfect scenario for a roof to collapse, experts say any type of acumination should be removed when half of the roof’s “live load capacity” has been reached.
The “Live load Capacity” for a roof is the weight allowance for temporary or movable loads of accumulation, whether it is snow, ice or rain water.
In order to safely remove any type of accumulation from a roof, officials suggest following these guidelines:
· Make sure there’s a safe access route to the roof.
· Create an easy and safe means for lifting snow removal equipment on to the roof.
· Clearly mark the edges of the roof and provide fall protection where there’s a risk of falling.
· Ensure those going on to the roof are outfitted with proper footwear and clothing that will hold up against the elements.
· Always work in teams of 2 or more in clearing a roof.
· Avoid removal of within two inches of the roof’s membrane as not to damage the stricter.
· Consider contacting a licensed professional who specializes in rooftop snow removal.
For further questions on how to identify signs that a roof might be at risk of collapsing residents are encouraged to contact the State’s Risk Management Services which has consultants available to answer questions at 1-800-698-2364.