This regards the life-threatening danger of large icicles.
Having been raised in heavy snow country, I'm careful about removing large icicles above my front and back, garage and patio doors. A few days ago I entered and exited a public library building in a nearby township without paying any attention to what was overhead.
While getting into my car I glanced at the building and noticed a string of 5- to 6-foot long icicles hanging two stories directly above the entrance. I informed one of the library staff persons, and thankfully a few days later the icicles in this area had been knocked down.
Since then I've been appalled at the number of homes with large icicles in dangerous locations. Since conditions like this occur here maybe once every 10 years, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that most people aren't aware of the danger.
In addition to personal danger there's also the possibility of damage to air conditioners, (mine is directly below the dripline), gas grills and shrubs. When knocking down icicles objects below need to be protected.