NH Fire Marshal Warns of Building Collapse Danger from Snow/Ice

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/19 2014 05:22PM

Updated 02/19 2014 05:28PM

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal William Degnan is warning over building collapse dangers from snow and ice.

A press release says a roof may collapse with little or no warning. 

Here are some signs that you may be in danger of a roof collapse:
  • Sagging roof steel - visually deformed 
  • Severe or new roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members  
  • Bends or ripples in metal supports
  • Recent cracks in drywall or masonry
  • Cracks in welds of steel construction
  • Buckling of interior walls
  • Sprinkler heads pushed down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open  
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling 
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

Officials say if you see any of these signs you should evacuate the building and notify your local building official, fire department, or contact a structural engineer to determine if the building is safe.

Specific fire and building safety questions can be answered by local fire and building officials or by contacting the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (603)-223-4289.   

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