I recently called an exterminator to remove a hornets' nest in a tree overhanging my roof. Since my roof is slanted, with no direct access to it, and it starts at about 9 feet off the ground and peaks at about 15 feet, and the tree branch overhanging the roof is about 20 feet above that, we had a lengthy conversation about what it would take to deal with the nest. While we were talking about how this might be accomplished, he told me some of the crazy things that he would not do for the sake of the job, including standing a ladder on the roof.
This got me thinking: I don't have a fence around my roof. Do I need one? I assume not, because nobody in my community, including the rabbi, has one.
Why don't the houses in my community (which are similar to mine) need fences around their roofs?