Our temperamental Albertan weather can cause many problems for commercial property owners. Snow and ice, in particular, are more than just an inconvenience; they’re also a dangerous part of winter we have to deal with. In Edmonton, this past winter’s freeze and thaw cycle and the bouts of freezing rain made parking lots and sidewalks especially treacherous to navigate. As a commercial property owner, it’s your responsibility to reduce the risk of snow and ice on your property. Reducing your winter weather liability and keeping your tenants, customers, and employees safe is vital to legally and financially protecting yourself. That’s why it’s essential to partner with a snow removal company that you can trust and depend on, like ProZone. Below we’ll discuss why snow removal is vital for your property and how our team at ProZone can make parking lot maintenance easy. Continue reading to learn more!
Why Bother with Snow Removal?
Maintaining your property’s parking lots, walkways, and sidewalks as snow-free is vital for three main reasons: safety, access, and abiding by Edmonton’s bylaws. Safety and accessibility, in particular, are essential for ensuring that customers and employees can navigate your commercial property with ease. The threat of slips, trips, and falls increases as more snow and ice piles up, and no one wants to throw on a pair of ice cleats to walk from your parking lot into your business. As a commercial property owner, you are liable for any snow and ice-related accidents that occur on your property. So keep your property clear, and you’ll ensure that visitors remain safe.
As previously mentioned, as a property owner, you’re liable if any snow or ice-related accidents occur on your land, but maintaining clear sidewalks is also a part of your responsibilities. In the City of Edmonton, there is a sidewalk snow removal bylaw that you are also required to abide by to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. Community Standards bylaw 14600 outlines the details regarding snow removal. It states that: A person shall maintain any sidewalk adjacent to the land they own or occupy and clear it of all snow and ice. This includes icicles from awnings or roofs that hang over the sidewalks you’re responsible for. While it’s best to get a jump on snow removal as soon as possible, you have a 48-hour grace period before the City of Edmonton may take additional action. If you fail to clear the snow and ice and someone lodges a complaint against you, the City will send out an inspector to investigate. A warning will be issued, and after seven days, if you still have not cleared the sidewalks, the City will ticket you.
So avoid costly tickets and accidents, and keep your property accessible by clearing snow and ice as soon as possible. It’s hard work keeping your property safe, so trust the pros at ProZone to get the job done quickly and safely.
Snow Removal Done Right
At ProZone, we believe that snow removal should be the least of your concerns. We provide complete snow removal services, from snow plowing and hauling to sanding, salting, and more! Our team is equipped with state-of-the-art commercial equipment like front-end loaders, sanding units, and snow blowers, to name a few. Our Albertan weather can be unpredictable at times and we know how dangerous snow and ice can be for your employees and customers. Prozone’s crews are available twenty-four hours a day to provide complete snow plowing and clearing services.
Partner with ProZone Today!
Since 2009 ProZone has been providing Edmontonians with high-quality contract work. From concrete projects and asphalt repair to snow removal and landscaping supplies, our highly trained team of professionals can meet your needs all year round. Contact us today to learn more about our snow removal services and how we can help you maintain your property with ease.