FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — As if the several inches of snow and frigid temperatures aren’t enough to deal with during the winter months, let’s insert these clear, solid daggers of ice or icicles.
You can find these icicles hanging just about anywhere, especially on homes and businesses.
Don’t get me wrong, they are gorgeous when the light shines through them.
But, these frozen sculptures can come crashing down and cause major injuries.
They can sometimes grow larger than 6 feet long.
Large or small, the biggest concern with falling icicles is if you get hit in the head.
It can lead to a concussion or death.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, doesn’t keep tabs on injuries sustained by icicles.
However, one example in recent history would be during one of Russia’s coldest winters.
According to The Telegraph, in 2010 five people were killed and 150 were injured in the St. Petersburg area by falling icicles.
Yikes, be aware of falling ice daggers over these next few days. If you see icicles, knock them off safely. pic.twitter.com/uCHShEjE38
— Meteorologist Beverly Perry (@BeverlyPerryWx) February 19, 2021
If you see these icicles on your home or business, it is a good idea to knock them down.
Whatever you do, don’t stand below the icicles you are trying to clear and do not get on your roof either.
You can safely clear the icicles by using a broom and standing off to one side.
In the coming days across the Midwest, these icicles will become increasingly common with the freeze-thaw cycle.
Be sure to look up and be aware of your surroundings especially when walking into a business or your home.