Governor: With coming storm, clear snow from your roofs now

With more impending snow on the way in the coming days, residents are being encouraged to clear snow from rooftops, if possible, as a safety precaution to prevent potential collapses.

“With active winter storm pattern still anticipated to continue over the next several weeks, it is imperative that residents, businesses and governments clear snow from rooftops now to prevent heavy buildup,” Malloy said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

“Especially with another snowstorm expected to impact the state this weekend, we should get this work completed the sooner the better,” he said.

The National Weather Service is predicting from 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible in Shelton on Saturday and early Sunday.

Working with cities and towns

The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has been working with the state building inspector and the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control to disseminate the message to municipalities, asking them to assess snow buildup on their public buildings and agricultural facilities.

If necessary, they should begin the process to remove the snow.

There have been some reported roof collapses in Connecticut, but fewer than a few years ago when a snowy and cold winter led to multiple roof collapses in the state. This winter, the problem has been more prevalent in Massachusetts, where there has been more snow.

Assist elderly, disabled neighbors

Malloy suggested residents with elderly or disabled neighbors should offer assistance with roof clearing, if appropriate. In addition, residents who opt to pay for roof-clearing services may contact the Better Business Bureau to ensure the quality of the vendor.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection has posted documents onto its website outlining safety guidelines and procedures for roof load safety: