Posted in News on November 15, 2021
Most people love icicles because they provide some great scenery during the winter months in and around Montana. However, did you know that icicles can also be incredibly dangerous for those underneath them?
We know that icicle injuries are the last thing that you want to think about as the winter months approach. However, we also want you to be safe. Here, we want to discuss the dangers presented by icicles and the steps that you can take to avoid icicle injuries.
What Injuries Can Occur From Icicles?
Did you know that icicles can reach incredible weights, including more than 100 pounds? Even though most icicles around your home or business may not end up weighing this much, it is safe to say that individuals can sustain significant head injuries if an icicle falls in lands on them. If an icicle weighing more than a few pounds falls and lands on a person’s head, they could sustain a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury.
Another major concern for icicles is sustaining a puncture wound or a laceration as a result of an icicle landing on exposed skin. If an icicle hits a person in the head, it is not uncommon to see an alarming amount of blood at first because the head contains a significant amount of blood vessels.
Even though icicles are rarely sharp enough to penetrate the skin, a heavy one can lead to major contusions or even fractured bones. If an icicle lands on a person’s arm, hands, or feed, he could do enough damage to break a bone or damage property.
How Can I Prevent Icicles From Falling?
Even though icicles may look beautiful, particularly at the beginning of the year before we all get tired of the cold weather, there are situations where icicles do need to be removed safely and effectively. This is the best way to prevent severe icicle injuries from occurring.
If you have a particularly large amount of icicles hanging from your building, whether a commercial building or a residential home, it is time to consider injury prevention measures. First, the main way to eliminate icicles from forming is to remove snow from your roof. If you remove any larger amount of snowfall from your roof, the chance of icicles appearing will be greatly reduced. Typically, snow melts and drips down and refreezes, forming icicles. If the snow is removed, this takes away the icicle water supply.
Another top icicle preventative measure is to check your loft insulation before winter hits. A properly insulated loft can help save you money throughout the winter in a variety of ways. This will help keep your house warm and cozy and prevent unintended heat loss to the harsh outside elements. Additionally, effective insulation in a loft can help prevent icicles. This is because less heat escapes through the insulation, which will result in less snow on the roof being melted and refreezing into an icicle.
If icicles do form on buildings, you can get a tool such as a large pole or a shovel to knock the icicles off the building. When you do this, you need to be careful not to knock the icicles onto you or someone else or even a pet in the area. Gently tap the icicles so that they fall right down onto the ground.
It is crucial to point out that icicles can form on tree branches and any other object or ledge during the winter months. We know you cannot be expected to knock the icicles off of all of these areas, though you do need to be aware of where the icicles are. If you are a parent or guardian, we strongly encourage you to teach your children to stay away from icicles and not to try to knock them down because this could lead to severe injuries.