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Winters in New York City can be wonderful. Strolling the city streets is a favorite winter activity for tourists and residents alike. Not to mention, running from store to store gift shopping, or ice skating at Rockefeller Center. Needless to say, New Yorkers are not deterred by the cold, and they will be out and about all winter long. This means it is necessary to keep the sidewalks safe during these icy months.

Property Owner Snow & Ice Safety Precautions

If you own property in New York City, you are responsible for maintaining it and keeping it safe. In order to protect yourself and others from hazardous conditions, you can take the following precautions:

  • Be prepared
    • Keep an eye on the weather and make sure you have the proper tools, such as shovels, salt, gloves, etc. Make sure to stock up on supplies before the weather conditions become harsh.
  • Know the rules
    • Each municipality is different, but property owners have a certain amount of time after a rain or snowfall to remove snow and ice from their property. Make sure you are aware of these time constraints so you can clear your property within the appropriate period.
  • Consider your options
    • If you are unable to remove snow and ice from your property on your own (or you just don’t want the hassle) you can hire a service to do it for you.
  • Have a backup plan
    • If you are away from your property during a rain or snowfall, make sure you have come up with a plan. This plan may include hiring a service to clean your property, or asking a neighbor to shovel your sidewalk and returning the favor next time.

What can I do to make sure my property is safe during winter months?

In order to make sure your property is safe this coming winter, make sure you remove snow and ice from your property within the designated period of time. You can do this by shoveling, utilizing a snow blower, and salting any slippery surfaces.

What happens if someone gets injured on my property due to snow or ice?

It is important to keep your property safe for yourself and for others. If someone is injured on your property because you failed to remove or ice, you may be held responsible, and someone injured due to your negligence may be entitled to compensation. If you are being sued for a snow or ice injury, it is important to contact a skilled lawyer who can help you defend your case.

Contact Swerling Law Today

We know that accidents happen and we are here to help. If someone injures themselves on your property, contact Swerling Law to discuss your case and all of your possible options. We want to keep you, and other New York City residents and visitors safe.


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