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January 16, 2017


Community Care Advisory Council is Seeking Members - Friday, January 13, 2017
***Important - Snow Load Factors*** - Thursday, January 05, 2017

Warning Signs of
Overstress Conditions during a Snow Event

Overstressed roofs typically display some warning signs. Wood and steel structures may show noticeable signs of excessive ceiling or roof sagging before failure. The following warning signs are common in wood, metal, and steel constructed buildings:

•Sagging ceiling tiles or boards, ceiling boards falling out of the ceiling grid, and/or sagging sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads

•Sprinkler heads deflecting below suspended ceilings

•Popping, cracking, and creaking noises

•Sagging roof members, including metal decking or plywood sheathing

•Doors and/or windows that can no longer be opened or closed

•Cracked or split wood members

•Cracks in walls or masonry

•Severe roof leaks

•Excessive accumulation of water at non-drainage locations on low slope roofs

Key Safety Issues and

Snow accumulation in excess of building design conditions can result in structural failure and possible collapse. Structural failure due to roof snow loads may be linked to several possible causes, including but not limited to the following:

Snow melt between snow events

If the roof drainage system is blocked, improperly designed or maintained, ice dams may form, which creates a concentrated load at the eaves and reduces the ability of sloped roofs to shed snow. On flat or low slope roof systems, snowmelt may accumulate in low areas on roofs, creating a concentrated load.

 Rain-on-snow load

Heavy rainfall on top of snow may cause snow to melt and become further saturated, significantly increasing the load on the roof structure

Safety Measures for Snow Removal

Any roof snow removal should be conducted following strict safety practices

• Always have someone below the roof to keep foot traffic away from locations where falling snow or ice could cause injuries.

• Ensure someone confirms that the area below removal site is free of equipment that could be damaged by falling snow or ice.

• Whenever snow is being removed from a roof, be careful of dislodged icicles. An icicle falling from a short height can still cause damage or injury.

• When using a non-metallic snow rake, be aware that roof snow can slide at any moment. Keep a safe distance away from the eave to remain outside of the sliding range.

• Buried skylights pose a high risk to workers on a roof removing snow. Properly mark this hazard as well as other rooftop hazards.

Methods of Snow Removal

• Removing snow completely from a roof surface can result in serious damage to the roof covering and possibly lead to leaks and additional damage. At least a couple of inches of snow should be left on the roof.

• Do not use mechanical snow removal equipment. The risk of damaging the roof membrane or other rooftop items outweighs the advantage of speed.

• Do not use sharp tools, such as picks, to remove snow. Use plastic rather than metal shovels.

• Remove drifted snow first at building elevation changes, parapets, and around equipment.

• Once drifted snow has been removed, start remaining snow removal from the center portion of the roof.

• Remove snow in the direction of primary structural members. This will prevent unbalanced snow loading.

• Do not stockpile snow on the roof.

• Dispose of removed snow in designated areas on the ground.

• Keep snow away from building exits, fire escapes, drain downspouts, ventilation openings, and equipment.

• If possible, remove snow starting at the ridge and moving toward the eave for gable and sloped roofs.

• In some cases a long-handled non-metallic snow rake can be used from the ground, thereby reducing the risk. Metal snow rakes can damage roofing material and pose an electrocution risk and should be avoided.

• Upon completion of snow removal, the roofing material should be inspected for any signs of damage. Additionally, a quick inspection of the structural system may be prudent after particularly large snow events.

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Assisted Living Provider Portal - Friday, October 28, 2016
New FFS&C Supervisor - Thursday, May 12, 2016
Ongoing! GrinWell Senior Dental Program - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Delta Dental is offering a free dental program for qualifying seniors age 60-79, living in Idaho in Blaine, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Payette, Twin Falls or Washington counties. For information please read the following brochure and application:

GrinWell Delta Dental
GrinWell Application

Course on Delegation for Assisted Living Facilities - Monday, November 09, 2015

Course on Delegation for Assisted Living Facilities is now available!

There are a series of three videos.  These courses are essential training for AL nurses, and an excellent resource for Administrators and direct care staff as well.

To register, go to:


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Residential Care or Assisted Living Program
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0009

Physical Address:
3232 Elder St
Boise ID 83705

Office Phone:
(208) 364-1962
Fax Number:
(208) 364-1888

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