Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Pozor! Padá led ze střech!

Since at least 1838, it has been a legal requirement of homeowners in Prague to keep the pavement in front of their houses accessible, and until very recently that meant clearing snow and ice as well. But last year a change in the law shifted that particular responsibility to the council, and although some homeowners still muck in with their own shovelling and gritting, most are only too happy to see council employees fulfilling their new role.

When it comes to the roof, however, it's a different matter: that really is up to the householder. It works like this. If you can clear more than 50 kilogrammes of snow from one square metre of roof, it's too much: you need to call in the experts, or have a go yourself at sweeping the roof. This can be a very tricky business, involving ropes and harnesses normally employed for tackling mountain faces.

It's common at this time of year to see signs dotting the pavements saying 'Pozor! Padá led ze střech!' - 'Look Out - Ice Falling from Roof!' Personally, I'd be more worried about people falling from roofs. To see what the gods have in store for Vršovice in the coming days, click on the weather tab at the top of the page.


Karin said...

Oh, I remember last year 2 men on top of a 4 story building taking snow off the roofs. I was paralyzed with fear,just watching them. I was wondering how deep the snow was this year. Stay clear of falling ice!

Dekameron said...

Good blog! Keep it up!

Alex Went said...

Thank you for your positive comment. As you may have seen on my facebook page, I am currently recuperating but should be back some time in early May to continue the blog

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