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Icicles Begin to Melt, May Cause Injury

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KENNEWICk, Wash--  When we go from extreme cold to well above freezing, you'll likely notice how quickly snow and ice melt.  And while that certainly makes driving a bit easier, pedestrians need to keep an open eye, especially when walking under doorways.

That's because all of those icicles that have formed are beginning to melt.  They might be fun to look at, but if they fall as you're passing underneath them, they can cause a serious injury.  So to help yourself, firefighters recommend taking care of them.

"If you have icicles over your doorway, it's probably a good idea to go ahead and get a broom, stand back a ways, and use the broom to knock the ice off the eve of the home, and then use the shovel to clear the ice away, because once again, you don't want the ice forming in front of the doorway," says Kennewick Firefighter Christopher Hutsell.

And keep in mind icicles will take care of themselves.  They will melt and eventually fall.  Knocking them down is simply a precaution.  Hutsell also says if they're not in harms way, meaning they're off to the side of your home where you don't plan to walk near, leave them alone.