Keeping the roof over your head
In Derry, the heavy snow load caused an aging roof to partially collapse at a trailer home on Rita Avenue, and the elderly resident had to be relocated.
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan last week also warned about heavy snow loads sliding off roofs and damaging gas meters and components. That's what happened at Pinkerton Academy last week, leading the school to briefly evacuate three buildings.
Degnan urged New Hampshire residents to:
-- Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice build-up, using a roof rake and being careful not to damage gas or oil service to the building.
-- Keep all exits clear of snow, so occupants can escape quickly in a fire or other emergency. And clear windows to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire.