There’s Snow Need to Worry!
Having had the first snow falls of the winter and with more predicted for the coming week, you may be worrying about what you should you or shouldn’t do about clearing snow and ice.
Every single winter, someone somewhere, likes to worry all decent, helpful neighbours by suggesting that they may be sued if they clear snow from their paths and driveways and then someone falls and is injured.
This is ridiculous! When it comes to making a legal claim, there is a big difference between a simple accident and someone acting negligently. To be responsible for someone’s injury, the person clearing the snow would have to be negligent and make the conditions worse. An example of negligence would be if someone used hot water to melt the snow which then re-freezes and creates a dangerous sheet of ice. To do this would defy any common sense! If you are sensible, use a shovel and some salt/grit, you won’t be able to go wrong.
For further advice on snow clearing go to www.rospa.com/wintersafety or www.gov.uk/clear-snow-road-path-cycleway
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