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(BPT) – Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and injure themselves. Homeowners, too, face similar, albeit more limited, liability if they fail to take adequate steps to remove such slippery hazards from their property.

Generally speaking, homeowners are responsible for limiting dangers on their property, but in some cases this can also extend to public sidewalks abutting the home. In some localities, Homeowners Associations (HOAs), and governments also require that homeowners clear snow and ice or face fines. A regional survey of county and municipal ordinances conducted by the Salt Institute found that 83 percent have written policies directing property owners to remove accumulated snow and ice “within 24 hours of the end of the snowstorm.” Penalties for property owners not complying can range from nominal tickets to misdemeanors punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $500.

Shoveling snow is simple enough, but ice is another matter, and nothing works better to remove ice or prevent ice from forming than salt. Salt lowers water’s freezing point, the temperature at which it changes from a liquid to a solid and vice versa. Melting water that is already frozen is called deicing and is applied once ice appears. Preventing water from freezing in the first place is called anti-icing and is applied when a freeze is expected.

Commercially available anti-icing materials include salt (sodium chloride), calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium acetate and calcium magnesium acetate. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but salt brine remains the best choice for anti-icing in temperatures above 15 degrees F (minus 9.4 degrees C) and continues to work in temperatures as low as minus 6 degrees F. For extremely low temperatures, look for a mixture using calcium or magnesium chloride instead.

Laws regarding snow and ice clearing vary by state and locality, but most mandate that some action be taken within a reasonable time period after it stops snowing. For example, the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act states that any owner who “removes or attempts to remove snow or ice from sidewalks abutting the property shall not be liable for any personal injuries allegedly caused by the snowy or icy condition of the sidewalk resulting from his or her acts or omissions unless the alleged misconduct was willful or wanton.”

The dangers from slips and falls should not be taken lightly, especially for the elderly. Each year thousands are rushed to emergency rooms as a result of icy falls with injuries that could have easily been prevented. One enterprising hospital, St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis, Indiana, even decided to give away road salt to local residents one winter to try and prevent such injuries and the resulting emergency room visits. In the end, the person who is most likely to slip and fall is the homeowner themselves.

(BPT) – Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn’t just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and injure themselves. Homeowners, too, face similar, albeit more limited, liability if they fail to take adequate steps to remove such slippery hazards from their property.

Generally speaking, homeowners are responsible for limiting dangers on their property, but in some cases this can also extend to public sidewalks abutting the home. In some localities, Homeowners Associations (HOAs), and governments also require that homeowners clear snow and ice or face fines. A regional survey of county and municipal ordinances conducted by the Salt Institute found that 83 percent have written policies directing property owners to remove accumulated snow and ice “within 24 hours of the end of the snowstorm.” Penalties for property owners not complying can range from nominal tickets to misdemeanors punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines of up to $500.

Shoveling snow is simple enough, but ice is another matter, and nothing works better to remove ice or prevent ice from forming than salt. Salt lowers water’s freezing point, the temperature at which it changes from a liquid to a solid and vice versa. Melting water that is already frozen is called deicing and is applied once ice appears. Preventing water from freezing in the first place is called anti-icing and is applied when a freeze is expected.

Commercially available anti-icing materials include salt (sodium chloride), calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium acetate and calcium magnesium acetate. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but salt brine remains the best choice for anti-icing in temperatures above 15 degrees F (minus 9.4 degrees C) and continues to work in temperatures as low as minus 6 degrees F. For extremely low temperatures, look for a mixture using calcium or magnesium chloride instead.

Laws regarding snow and ice clearing vary by state and locality, but most mandate that some action be taken within a reasonable time period after it stops snowing. For example, the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act states that any owner who “removes or attempts to remove snow or ice from sidewalks abutting the property shall not be liable for any personal injuries allegedly caused by the snowy or icy condition of the sidewalk resulting from his or her acts or omissions unless the alleged misconduct was willful or wanton.”

The dangers from slips and falls should not be taken lightly, especially for the elderly. Each year thousands are rushed to emergency rooms as a result of icy falls with injuries that could have easily been prevented. One enterprising hospital, St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis, Indiana, even decided to give away road salt to local residents one winter to try and prevent such injuries and the resulting emergency room visits. In the end, the person who is most likely to slip and fall is the homeowner themselves.

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Rondale Dunn
Rondale Dunn
16:08 19 Aug 20
Great company and customer service. Cindy in the front office is simply amazing! Highly recommend.
Sean Cummings
Sean Cummings
21:39 09 Aug 20
I didn’t use this company, but they ended up cutting my cable line. I asked the gentleman why they didn’t Come over... to just inquire about it and he said some people don’t like that...talked to the owner, supposedly, and he didn’t seam to care at all about cutting the cord. He said that I would have to handle that, making it seam like it was my fault or problem. I’ve spent the better part of my weekend trying to get this back up and running, which is never a fun thing when it’s not your fault. Moreover, me and my wife both work healthcare so internet is vital to us as it would be to most families. I don’t like writing this kind of stuff but when it comes to this kind of unprofessionalism and manner people should know this company just doesn’t care.read more
Andy Schuttler
Andy Schuttler
00:15 14 Jun 20
Polite and professional administrative staff. Quality of work is very dependent on the tech working with you. We’ve... had great experiences, with we’ve also had techs come on the wrong day, there have been times techs weren’t able to fix and issue without help from someone else, and we’ve had late arrivals/last minute cancellations.read more
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
22:43 04 Jun 20
The Lawn and Sprinkler Guys of Kansas City are no joke. They came out and did my sprinkler system and downspouts in 3... days with great gusto! They wore masked for my little one and we really approached that!read more
Cheri Mattina
Cheri Mattina
21:39 02 Jan 20
I called and made an appointment to get my sprinklers winterized. He came out in less than a week. Very nice and... didn’t take him long to do it. I will for sure do business with them again.read more
Thomas Mathews
Thomas Mathews
21:57 02 Dec 19
A great family and professional service company. They service my lawn sprinklers and now all my lawn fertilizer issues.... It will be hard to find a better and more professional company. T. Mathewsread more
Gene Schreiner
Gene Schreiner
22:30 11 Nov 19
I'm concerned that I will have problems with my sprinklers next spring since two of the 7 zones would not open. So if... there was water in those zones it did not get blown out. Also, for the 5 zones that we did get some air to come out very little water came out. Only a small mist on 3 of the zones and 2 no water mist or water came out. There was just the sound of air on those 2 zones. So in summary - two zones did not open to be blown out. Two zones only air came out. 3 zones water mist and air came out. I hope there is not water still in there that was frozen or that will freeze?read more
Matthew Thompson
Matthew Thompson
15:53 20 Sep 19
Fast and professional service for a reasonable price. We had a pipe burst in our yard's sprinkler system and they were... able to come out and fix it in no time. We will definitely be using them for our yard services again.read more
Curt Cole
Curt Cole
18:18 09 Aug 19
These guys are the best. They were really busy this summer (a good thing!) so we had to wait a bit to get the... sprinkler installation done, but their crew just finished yesterday and they were superb. It's all about experience, and these guys knew what they were doing. Scott, the owner, and Brian in the office are great too. Thanks!read more
A McReynolds
A McReynolds
22:10 31 Aug 17
All these years, working with many companies, going to many places, and I have never once filled out a negative review... online. Usually, I just take it for what it is, and make a personal choice to not use the company again. I am not a fan of giving negative reviews when it isn't necessary. However, this company has been nothing but trouble working with. I had them open my sprinkler system/check the back flow and they did not properly let the city of Olathe know, so my sprinkler was tagged and shut down by the city of Olathe. When I contacted L&S to let them know, the lady (I will not name drop on anyone personally, due to personal privacy) that answers their phone ARGUED with me and blamed the city of olathe saying it was their system. THE CITY OF OLATHE HAD TO CALL THEM to get the information and basically forced them to take care of the issue. Since I was going along thinking everything was fine before the city shut down my sprinkler, I wanted to do some of their lawn packages. Whatever they put on for their "weed killer" doesn't actually work. Keep in mind THEY STOPPED COMMUNICATING WITH ME and NEVER GOT BACK WITH ME after the city contacted them, they later had a lawyer send me a letter forcing payment of they would take me to court. When I attempted to contact the law office, I never got them to answer my call or call me back. I just paid the bill of about $150 to them personally, but completely did it against my will and to just be done. Personally, I don't feel like I owed this company anything at all. The one thing they will get from me is anytime anyone asks, whether on a public forum or personally, regardless if they even ask about Lawn & Sprinkler Guys specifically, I will inform them to RUN...RUN AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN. They will screw you over and then threaten legal action. If you screw up, and a customer suffers the consequences, you should at least call and apologize, but oh, no. All I got was, "well, the city said they would call you, I didn't feel it was necessary". IF A CUSTOMERS SERVICE IS SHUT OFF AND ITS NOT THEIR FAULT, YEA, ITS NECESSARY THAT YOU CALL. After all, who even knows if I actually needed a new black flow or not anyway at this point anyway, which mind you, was paid on the spot after job completion!!!!!!!!UPDATE: was offered to speak to the owner by the secretary (I never asked to), of course he wasn't available & was on the other line "giving a quote". Was told he would call an after his phone call. Never received that call, either. They got what they wanted after a threatening letter...my money. I could care less if I hear from them at this point. Just thought i would let everyone know that the terrible service continues. DON'T OFFER SOMETHING YOU CAN'T DELIVER.read more
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