Avoid A Lawsuit: Clear Your Property of Ice & Snow

Avatar Bree Downs Posted on: 2014-02-06
As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to keep areas on your property clear and safe for any person that may come onto your property for any reason. During the winter months, this is especially important as snow and ice can build up on the surfaces of your property including walkways, sidewalks, driveways, stairs, ramps, etc. This can be a potential hazard for slips and falls, which can cause serious injuries.

If a person was to have a slip or fall on your property due to ice or snow, you may be held liable for any injury they incur. You need to be diligent when clearing ice and snow from your property so not to expose yourself to a liability claim or lawsuit against you and your property. Easy measures include shovelling snow before it becomes compacted, using de-icing salts and gravel to minimize ice and chipping away hardened snow or ice.

If a person does happen to have an accidental slip or fall on your property and decides to file a claim against you, you should contact your home insurance company as soon as possible.

-Bree Downs

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