It’s a given: The holidays and snow go hand in hand. Similarly are safety and liability. As we plan our holiday get-togethers it’s important to remember a most important task: snow removal.
If you own property, it’s your responsibility to ensure its driveways and sidewalks are safe for people to walk on. Failing to do so enables risk of people falling and hurting themselves and you being held liable. This is true whether you’re city folk and the sidewalk in front of your home is considered public right of way, or you’re country dwellers and the only one coming to your door is a deliveryman.
The Scoop on Snow Removal
- Communities commonly have specific policies for snow removal. Many require the occupants, whether owners or tenants, to remove all snow and ice within a given time frame, perhaps 24 hours after the snow has stopped. Check your municipal’s website for its requirements.
- Keep your downspouts and roof free of ice. Icicles often melt, causing puddles to form near your door, which then refreezes into icy patches.
- Keep salt or sand on hand for ice that’s difficult to remove.
If you have any questions on safe snow removal or your liability as a property owner, please give us a call.