Now that the blizzard's over, beware falling ice (and other snow safety hazards)
By Virginia K. Smith |January 25, 2016 - 2:15PM
Now that Jonas has officially made the transition from a weekend winter wonderland to an icy Monday morning obstacle, all those inches of leftover snow have become a city-wide safety hazard. (Fun news, we know.)
But what about that other source of snow-related danger, when icicles or sheets of snow start plunging off of rooftops and onto the streets? Every year we hear terrifying stories about this, and even high-profile (and presumably well maintained) buildings like One World Trade and the Ansonia have been known to send shards of ice plummeting towards pedestrians.
There doesn't seem to be much buildings can do here, though Thomas Usztoke of Douglas Elliman Property Management recommends that buildings create storm drainage on terraces and balconies, and remove snow and icicles from the building's exterior as quickly as possible. "If you can't get at them from above, set up warning barricades below at ground level to ward off unsuspecting pedestrians," he says. (We've reached out to the Department of Buildings for their safety tips and policy on this, and will update if we hear back.)
In the meantime, watch where you walk and if the ground seems to be strewn with chunks of ice where you are, you might want to move closer to the outer edge of the sidewalk.
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