October 19, 2018 admin
Snow in Vancouver can shut down the city. It’s usually unexpected, heavy, and wet, causing several unique challenges. It can make driveways and walkways difficult and dangerous. It can block emergency exits, take up valuable space in parking lots and force pedestrians off sidewalks when snow isn’t cleared. The simple fact of the matter is that when it snows, it must be cleared away, so people can get where they are going. Winter services, such as snow removal services, can make snow less of an issue for residential and commercial property owners.
In the Lower Mainland, most municipalities have bylaws in place that require property owners to ensure sidewalks adjacent to their property are kept clean and free of snow. This applies to both commercial and residential property owners. In the City of Vancouver, property owners or tenants are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround a residence or business by 10am on the morning following a snowfall, seven days a week. In 2017, the City of Vancouver issued over 10,250 warning notices to property owners for failure to clear their properties and took court action against hundreds of property owners who did not clear their properties of snow and ice. Minimum fines started at $250.
By contracting a professional winter services provider, you can ensure that you are always in compliance with local bylaws, while providing a safe environment for walking. In some cases, professionals may use salting, sanding or other ice-management techniques to deal with the ice and snow around your property.
Clearing ice and snow to enable people to move safety through our cities is essential. People with mobility concerns, including the elderly, can be stranded in a snowfall, surrounded by snow-covered sidewalks. When ice and snow is not cleared, the sidewalk becomes hazardous and homeowners risk liability if someone falls and injures themselves. Shoveling and salting immediately following a snowfall not only protects others, but it also can protect you down the road. A professional winter services company can get you ready to handle the toughest winter and can provide a quote based on the size of the area that needs to be kept clear.
At the end of the day, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that a professional winter service company is looking after your snow and ice removal needs.