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PHOTOS: Prevent icicles like these from developing on your home

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POST FALLS, Idaho -

 According to the Center for Disease Control,  death from icicles falling in America  is rare. Minor injuries and property damage, however, are a pretty common, especially as they start to get big.

We ran into Tom Elliott while he was knocking icicles off this post falls business, a task his wife put him up to.

"She's a dentist here," he explained.

They were worried about the patients' safety.

"She thought it could be a danger if someone grabbed them, especially a kid. Also, it puts stress on the roof."

He's right.  

After we talked to Elliott, we called the owner of Rainman Rain Gutters.


"If you get really big icicles those can be really dangerous and damage your roof as well," owner Rick Garrett explained.
 

He says there are a few things you can do to prevent icicles from forming on your roof.

1.) Make sure you have good insulation in your attic. This keeps the roof the same temperature as the air outside, and makes it harder for those icicles to form.
2.)  Put a heat cable on your roof. That's a more expensive option, but keeps it warm enough that water won't freeze.
3.) Worst case, get rid of them before they get too big.

The Post Falls parks department says there aren't any laws that say you have to get rid of your icicles, but add that it is good common sense to make sure they don't grow too large.

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