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Caution! Watch Out For Falling Ice!

"Those icicles have been known to kill people!"

As temperatures go up, the snow and ice begin to thaw.  It is a welcome sign, and yet it also creates a fear for many city dwellers. 

Danger lurks from above.  Icicles can fall from skyscrapers onto unsuspecting pedestrians below. 

It recently happened in New York where a man needed 80 stitches in his face.  He was hit by a chunk of ice the size of a football. 

Barry Negron said he saw ice hanging from a building near Rockefeller Center.  Ironically, he was trying to warn other pedestrians of the ice when he was hit.   The chunk of ice left him bloody with cuts across his nose and cheek. 

Ice falling from skyscrapers can travel at speeds of up to 100mph. 

Sidewalks around high-rises have been cordoned off with yellow caution tape. 

Experts say the situation could become worse. 

And here is an interesting fact.  Some architects say newer, energy-efficient buildings could actually make the problem worse. 

According to one expert, the buildings keep more heat inside, which means the outside is getting colder and that allows more snow and ice to form. 

So they advice that developers opt for shapes, slope angles and even colors.  Darker colors absorb more sunshine to melt the ice and snow, which will prevent more ice formation. 

High-tech materials can also be used to help.  In Tokyo, some use heaters that are embedded in the glass to melt ice. 

No one really knows how many pedestrians are hit by falling ice, but dozens of injuries are reported each year. 

For example, in Russia, dozens are either injured or killed every year. 

Even in Dallas back in 2011, seven people were hurt when huge sheets of ice slid off the roof of the Cowboys stadium. 

(sources:  PBS, accuweather, CBS, DM)

 



 

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