Preventing Weather-Related Liability during the Winter Season
With the winter season upon us, it is more important than ever to properly prepare for all that comes with winter weather. Icy and snowy conditions are often responsible for damage to properties, vehicles and in some cases people. While snow may be beautiful to look at and even play in, it can also be a huge weather-related liability for both homeowners and business owners.
For this reason, it is important that people take the necessary precautions during the winter season to prevent injuries due to snow and ice. Something as simple as properly shoveling a sidewalk or salting a pathway can greatly reduce weather-related liabilities this winter season.
Prepare in Advance for Inclement Weather
As a home or business owner, it is always your responsibility to keep abreast of incoming inclement weather during the winter season so that you can be properly prepared. Don’t wait until a winter storm is upon you to get the necessary snow and ice removal supplies. By that time, most of the items you need will be sold out.
Purchase items such as salt, shovels and snow blowers well ahead of time so that they are readily available for usage when a snow or ice storm arrives. Preparation is key to prevent winter weather-related accidents.
Do-It-Yourself Snow Removal
Making sure that the exterior areas of your home or business are properly prepped for winter weather is important. Any area that is frequented by individuals on a consistent basis needs to be properly salted and shoveled on a regular basis during winter weather to avoid accidents that could result in a possible liability. A slip and fall that results in a broken arm or leg because of the failure to prep an exterior surface is preventable.
As a home or business owner, you have the responsibility to clear all pathways leading to and from your property to ensure the safety of others and reduce the potential for liability due to injuries. Salting passageways to help melt ice as well as removing snow periodically during a snowfall can greatly reduce the chances of someone injuring themselves in front of your property.
Contracted Snow Removal
For those dealing with larger spaces, such as businesses with multiple pathways, steps, and parking lots, contracted snow removal is often the best option. Businesses must be extra careful to remove snow and ice from their premises in a prompt manner to ensure the safety of all that come in contact with the property. The use of a licensed and insured Winnipeg snow removal company is highly recommended to ensure that the snow removal is completed in a professional and thorough manner.
Better Safe than Sorry
When it comes to injuries related to ice and snow, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Taking the necessary steps to prevent a weather-related liability is the responsibility of the property owner. This winter season, take the necessary precautions by obtaining the snow and ice removal products and services that will ensure the exterior of your property is safe for everyone.