City officials address snow load risks after two building collapse

Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 7:46 PM AKDT
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After the two local building collapses in the past week, many Fairbanks residents are worried about the snow load on their own roofs.

In addition to the Masonic Temple incident Saturday, F&H fitness studio's roof caved in on Thursday.

The Golden Heart City is approaching the tail end of one of the heaviest snow years in decades.

City of Fairbanks Communications Director, Teal Soden, says roofs that are built to city code are required to hold 50 pounds per square foot, and the current snow load is about 30 pounds per square foot.

But if you have an older home or building, she says you might consider removing snow and ice from your roof yourself, or hiring a professional.

Teal Soden; Communications Director>>: "Spring is coming but you never know when we're going to get another dump. So if it looks like you got a lot on your roof, especially if you have an older home, it's definitely worth getting that snow off. So safety is something you're going to want to consider if you're getting up on your roof. If it looks like it's going to be too difficult for you or you don't have much experience doing that, there are definitely a lot of places around town that you can hire to take care of your snow for you."

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