Slippery Sidewalk

Arianne Garduno, staff member

Last year on Valentine’s day I took the sidewalk downtown to school. Multiple stores and buildings had a roof gutter that sent the water that fell on the roof to the sidewalk. This seems like an efficient way to cope with the many rainy days that Washington, however with the arrival of winter the water that was transferred to the sidewalk became a thick layer of ice.

With the sidewalk covered in ice and little room to walk without slipping, it was certain that someone would slip. Believe it or not, if someone suffers an injury in front of a store owner’s property or house, there is a chance that a lawsuit could be made. The chances that a lawyer might take these cases is unlikely, but it is possible. If snowfall made the sidewalk slippery, then there is no case. However, if there is a part of the house that is causing water to become ice, for example a roof gutter or a pipe that leads water to the sidewalk, then a lawsuit could be possible.

In order to prevent a dangerous situation for the people who walk on sidewalks,  the recommended thing to do is shovel the snow that falls in onto sidewalks which would make it easy for you and other people who walk on the sidewalk.

Another thing an owner can do is spread salt on the entrance or sidewalk. Salt is often used for roads on wintertime. Salt drops the freezing temperature of the ice to its melting point which is good for preventing icy sidewalks.

Save yourself time by throwing salt before the snow falls again and keep you and your neighbors safe.