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There is little you can do to prevent snowfall. But you can certainly do what is needed to stay safe during cold and slippery winters. If your area is one that experiences heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, then you should be prepared and do what is necessary for snow removal. Accumulation of ice and snow around and on your house not only makes winters unbearable, but also poses several dangers to the people in the house and anyone around it.

Snow can collapse roofs

A snowflake may be light as feathers, but when it accumulates, snow can be strong enough to collapse the roof of a home. Neglecting accumulated snow on your roof can put your life and your loved ones lives in danger. As far as possible, prevent accumulation of snow n the roof by using deicers or anti-icers that prevent formation and accumulation of snow on a specific surface.

Long term accumulation of snow can also lead to corrosion, that can eventually weaken the structure for the building and make it vulnerable to heavy storms and tornadoes.

Slip and fall

Icy driveways and walkways in and around your home also pose a danger to people. Slippery paths can be very dangerous to walk on and a fall on an icy path can even be fatal, depending on several factors like the intensity of the fall, the location of the injury etc. As far as possible, avoid walking on such icy paths. If you have to, make sure the snow or ice formed on it is removed first.

Pipeline and plumbing damage

Severe winters can even freeze the water in the pipeline. Protect the water pipes to prevent water problems. Also ensure that the drains in the basement and on the roof are clear of any debris, so that when the snow melts, the water can easily drain down. Clogged drains will only lead to stagnation of water, which again results in excessive moisture that can damage the walls.