Remember simple safety when using roof rakes

The repeated freeze and thaw of winter, especially when there has been snow, can damage your home’s roof. Roof rakes allow you to remove the snow from the roof while staying safely on the ground. Remember these tips to ensure snow removal is safe.

SAF_Roof Rake Tips1. Inspect your roof. Often done before the snow falls, an inspection will prevent hooking a loose shingle. Also check gutter looseness, which can be magnified when raking snow.

2. Beware of power lines. An aluminum roof rake is just as dangerous as a ladder around power lines.

3. Watch for icicles. They may be pretty, but they’re also dangerous if they fall from an eave. One cubic foot of ice equals about 62 pounds.

4. Gravity is real. The steeper the roof, the faster the snow will fall when you rake it.

5. Falling snow can damage shrubs. Protect plantings by covering them with plywood. You can also take off snow in small amounts to lessen the load of snow.

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a communications specialist at OPPD. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, which lets her tell the stories of OPPD and its employees both graphically and through her writing.

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