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Not Shoveling Could Mean More Than A Fine For Homeowners

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(Ken Clark gets a workout of a different sort early Tuesday morning outside Old City Iron Works gym.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

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By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Many of the city’s property owners are snow weary. But before you decide whether to skip the shoveling there’s a few rules you should remember.

Philadelphia city code requires property owners to clear a three foot wide path within six hours of the end of snow fall. If you violate the rule, you could get fined $50 by the city. But that could be the least of your worries.

“If a homeowner fails to follow city code, they could be liable if someone slips and falls on their property.”

Attorney Royce Smith advises that property owners shovel and salt to keep pathways safe. Also, if your property has a habit of melting ice falling off the rooftop or gutters, beware.

“The law does not expect you to climb up to your roof and clear everything away, but if you’ve had an issue with the roof of your building, your business or your home and people have been hurt in the past, then the law expects you to do something about it.”

Smith notes, snow guards can be a big help prevent injuries from falling ice and snow.

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