Responsibility for maintenance of sidewalks, whether public or private, varies from city to city. But most cities or local governments require the homeowners to maintain the sidewalk in front of their homes. You are also legally responsible for your driveway and any other walks or steps around your home. So if someone slips on ice or snow on your property, as a result of your negligence, you will most likely be held responsible for any injury and damages.
How Does Your Homeowners Apply?
Most standard homeowners insurance policies provide coverage for winter-related storm liability that occurs as a result of snow and ice. You will want to review your homeowners policy to find out which wintertime perils are specifically covered and excluded.
How To Reduce Your Personal Liability
- Use a de-icing product. Follow manufacture directions. Before applying, shovel, and remove as much snow and ice as possible. Apply the product sparingly in the area of the highest foot traffic. Apply the product away from the base of your home.
- Use a snow blower, it will help prevent back injuries.
- Use sand or kitty litter to add traction to slippery surfaces.
- Before the ground freezes place stakes around plant beds near paths and driveways so that you know where to stop shoveling.
- Clear snow daily, as it is easier to remove a small amount than let it build it over time.
- Make sure snow is piled in a place where when it melts it is not close to your home.
All of us at Ayres Insurance Agency truly value the long term relationship with our clients, and are proud to give families, individuals and businesses the personal attention required when it matters most. When claims arise, we realize that it can be very stressful and will do everything possible to assure timely and complete recovery.