Conway Fire Chief cautions about snow

by Mower on February 14, 2013

in News

THE CONWAY FIRE CHIEF IS URGING HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES TO DEAL WITH ANY LARGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW THAT MAY STILL BE ON THEIR ROOFS AFTER WINTER STORM NEMO.

STEVE SOLOMON SAYS BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL WEIGHT PROBLEM FROM THE SNOW, HE ALWAYS RECOMMENDS CLEARING ROOFS AFTER A SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL, ESPECIALLY LOW PITCH AND FLAT ROOFS.

THE CHIEF SAYS SOME OTHER TOWNS MAY BE IN WORSE SHAPE THAN CONWAY.

CONWAY OFFICIALLY GOT 15 INCHES OF SNOW FROM NEMO, WITH A FEW MORE INCHES TWO DAYS LATER. BUT IN SOUTHERN CARROLL COUNTY NEMO DUMPED NEARLY TWO FEET ON WOLFEBORO – AND 31 INCHES WAS REPORTED FROM EAST WAKEFIELD.

AND SOME AREAS HAVE SINCE GOTTEN MORE PRECIPITATION AS RAIN, INSTEAD OF SNOW, ADDING TO THE WEIGHT.

SOLOMON SAYS HE HAS NOT BEEN GETTING CALLS FOR ROOF COLLAPSES SO FAR THIS SEASON, BUT THAT WASN’T THE CASE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

IN 2008 HE SAYS MORE THAN A DOZEN BUILDINGS COLLAPSED IN HIS COVERAGE AREA FROM THE WEIGHT OF HEAVY SNOW.

THE CHIEF ALSO WARNS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGER TO VENTS FROM LARGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW.

HE RECOMMENDS YOU CHECK ALL VENTS TO ENSURE THEY ARE CLEAR OF SNOW AND OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS. OTHERWISE, HE SAYS, CARBON MONOXIDE COULD BE TRAPPED INSIDE A BUILDING.

AND HE ALWAYS RECOMMENDS ALL RESIDENCES HAVE WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.

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