We get about 30 reports every year of damaged meters caused by falling ice. There have even been fires sparked when ice fell and broke off a gas meter. Additionally, ice can fall on people, cars and air conditioning units.
Here are 5 tips to help prevent falling ice:
- Knock down icicles when they’re still small, if it is safe to do so, to keep them from getting big enough cause damage when they fall
- If ice gets to damaging size above meters, consider leaning a sheet of 3/4″ plywood against the wall and over the meters to deflect falling ice away from the meters. Act fast, to limit time spent in that potentially dangerous location under the ice
- Do not park or walk under icicles which may fall unexpectedly
- Keep down spouts unplugged before winter begins to help prevent the problem of ice forming over meters
- Ice dams on roofs/gutters also can be caused by improper insulation and ventilation.
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