Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Speaks About Icicle Liability with Citynews
In today's episode of Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, Neinstein's Daniel Michaelson Speaks About Icicle Liability with Citynews. Listen to the podcast or watch the video podcast on Vimeo.Neinstein's Daniel Michaelson Speaks About Icicle Liability with Citynews video's Podcast. Read the Transcript below.
That looks a little dangerous, I'd say.
Just look up, and you're bound to spot one.
They look pretty.
Icicles are nice to look at, but if one of these comes crashing down around your home or business, someone could get hurt. According to this Toronto bylaw, if the icicle is on your property, the responsibility to remove it is on you.
As a property owner, it's up to you to ensure your home or business is safe, and that could mean removing the icicles from way up there or simply blocking off the area.
General Legal Standard just has to be reasonably safe in the circumstance. It's not perfect. People, business owners are not held up to a standard of perfection. It's not an insurance company where you get injured or have some damage, and they pay if it's in the policy. But as to be reasonably safe. Putting up the signs is as a first step Mike, much like a slippery floor sign.
If your property isn't hazard-free, the city can issue you a ticket.
Our first step in enforcement compliances education and informing people, but we will, if it's an immediate risk or hazard, we'll deal with it immediately. Issuing tickets is not going to remedy the unsafe situation. Doing the remedial action is how we mitigate the unsafe conditions.
These are not only a danger to those passing by. It can also mean you have a problem with your home.
Generally, the formation of large icicles on the roof as a sign of a roof that's not insulated properly. So you have the warm air from inside the building envelope, getting up into the roof space, which then melts the snow that's on the roof deck, and as the snow runs down and gets past the outside wall of the building to the unheated part of the roof, that's where it will start to freeze again.
City officials suggest removing the icicles because once they melt, there is a threat of water damage to your property.
And if you do plan on cleaning off the icicles, make sure the area around you is clear and board up the windows to ensure that no ice goes flying through them. As you there mutual, I'm Stella Acquisto, CityNews.
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