We’re coming into that time of year again, the season of slippery streets and icy sidewalks. While most people become hyper aware of their environment when they’re selling their home, during the cold months of the year we should ALL be aware of the area around our homes!
Slips and falls on icy sidewalks and streets account for over 800 reported incidents a year, many of which happen to elderly residents who can easily have their lives detrimentally altered by a bad fall.
Not only is clearing the sidewalk by your home a nice thing to do, Calgary actually has a bylaw (20M88) that requires you to do just that and can fine you $150 if they have to come out and do it for you.
In many neighbourhoods around the city with residents who are unable to clean their own sidewalks, neighbours who live nearby help out to make sure the job gets done. Calgary even has a program, the Snow Angels, which encourages people to volunteer to adopt a bit of sidewalk to keep clean for a neighbour in need this winter. Due to the increase in heart attacks during the snowy months caused by overexertion, your help could pro-actively save a life!
While many municipalities take care of snow removal on sidewalks for residents, Calgary’s system of holding residents responsible is really far more efficient. Due to the 24 hour time requirement for removal, if everyone does their little piece of shoveling, the city has safer sidewalks much more quickly than if the city had to clear them all. Dividing the work up between the residents of the city also saves Calgary a lot of taxpayer money that is better spent elsewhere.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®