Shoveling sidewalks is an important part of providing safe access for pedestrians, especially senior citizens, school children, people with disabilities, parents with strollers, and mail carriers.
- Residents: Clear sidewalks 24 hours after the end of a snowstorm
- Businesses: Clear sidewalks by 5 p.m. the day after snow stops falling
It's also a good idea to clear snow and ice off fire hydrants so the fire department has quick access in case of an emergency.
But don’t be a clock watcher! Sidewalks are used more than you know and should someone slip, fall, or otherwise injure themselves due to snow or ice accumulation, the property owner and occupant can be liable for damages. The best thing to do is to be a good neighbor and plan ahead, giving yourself extra time to shovel the walk for the good of the neighborhood. It’s great exercise and if you are feeling up to it, doing your neighbor’s without telling them it was you is an awesome feeling! Don’t think that’s true…give it a try and let us know how it turns out.