As a property owner, it is your responsibility to maintain your premises to the extent that it is safe for all those who enter upon them. This means that your property must be reasonably safe in all weather conditions and at all times of day. Whether it is rainy or sunny, noon or night, the condition of your property should never pose a danger to you and others.
Preventing Injuries on Private Property
If someone is injured because of the inadequate maintenance of your private property, you may be held financially responsible for their losses. However, just because someone fell and injured themselves on premises belonging to you, does not necessarily mean that you will have to front their medical bill. Accidents happen and sometimes they are unpreventable. Here in Canada, we tend to know that ice and snow are part of the package of living in the Great White North. The winter months can sometimes bring snow and ice faster than they can be shoveled and salted away. It’s everyone’s personal responsibility to exercise reasonable care and caution when navigating terrain in hazardous weather conditions.
6 Tips for Ensuring the Safety of Your Private Property
There are many precautions you can take to protect others from injury on your property and you from the legal repercussions arising from others’ injuries. Here are some useful preventative measures you can take to ensure that your property is safe for all those who enter upon it.
- During winter months, remove snow and ice from all walkways, driveways, emergency exits and parking spaces. Snow and ice removal should be done in a timely manner. This does not mean that you need to be out shoveling in the middle of a blizzard or the moment the snowfall lets up. However, making your property safely accessible within 24 hours is generally considered reasonable. If you are not able or available to remove snow and/or ice yourself, you should hire someone to do this for you.
- Indoors, it is important to keep floors dry. Winter boots can trek in a lot of snow that, when it melts, can create a slipping hazard. Remove wet shoes or boots upon entering your residence and have your guests do the same. Use a mat at the door to absorb excess water and mop up any spills or drips that could cause someone to slip and fall.
- Keep paths and floors clear of loose items that could pose a tripping danger. Cables for electronics, appliances and Christmas lights should be tucked against the wall or marked and taped down. Clear paths of stones, sticks and other debris that could cause the unsuspecting visitor to go hurdling to the ground. If there are hazards that cannot be removed or repaired, be sure to mark them clearly to highlight their presence.
- Make repairs. Fix uneven or loose floor surfaces like worn out carpets, broken tiles or loose floor boards.
- Light it up. Make sure alleys, halls, pools, stairs and other risky areas are especially visible at night.
- Stay on top of things. Survey your property for dangers regularly/seasonally, especially in the winter.
Injured On Private Property?
If you have been injured as a result of the poor maintenance of private property contact KCY at LAW. We specialize in personal injury cases and can help you get proper compensation should you be injured by the negligence of others. Call us at (905) 639-0999 or contact us online to book your free consultation.