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What Can a Property Owner Do to Prevent Slips and Falls on Snow and Ice?

As a Massachusetts property owner, you surely do not want to see someone suffer an injury from slipping and falling on snow and ice. You owe a duty to potential visitors to take reasonable steps to maintain your premises free of dangerous snow and slippery ice. Deciding what is reasonable can be tricky, however, so here are some steps that you can take to ensure the utmost safety on and around your premises.

  • Owners of stores and office buildings must ensure that all entrances to and exits from their buildings are clear of snow and ice.
  • Owners of parking lots must clear entrances, exits and all parking areas of snow and ice.
  • Private homeowners have a duty to remove snow and ice. Doing nothing creates liability for any potential injuries sustained by pedestrians.
  • Acting reasonably means taking precautions in light of all the circumstances. If you are clearing a walkway area, make sure you make a pathway wide enough to accommodate all foot traffic. Larger areas, designed to allow vehicles to pass may require more cleaning.
  • Snow and ice removal must be thorough and consistent. Haphazard or partial removal does not eliminate all of the dangers and may even augment the hazard as an icy area may appear clean to the naked eye. By clearing passageways, an expectation is created that the cleared area is safe, so continuous monitoring of your property is key.
  • Use your judgment when deciding when to clean. Snow removal should not be undertaken in the middle of a snowstorm, but it should be commenced within a reasonable time after it is safe to do so.
  • Take further safety precautions, such as putting down salt or sand in order to melt ice on your property. This will also show potential visitors that some areas may pose more risk than others and encourage greater care.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a snow and ice accident, and you believe the property owner did not take reasonable safety precautions to avoid the injuries you suffered, call our highly skilled Boston snow and ice personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates at 617-787-3700 or contact our office by email at

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