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For Immediate Release
January 28, 2011

*** WARNING: INCLEMENT WEATHER ADVISORY ***

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS ADVISES PROPERTY OWNERS TO SAFELY REMOVE ICE AND SNOW FROM ROOFS IN PREPARATION OF WARM WEATHER

Due to the heavy snowfall the City received yesterday and warmer temperatures expected in the New York City area this weekend, the Department of Buildings is reminding all property owners to safely remove ice and snow from roofs, overhangs, and awnings.

Water from the melting snow that collects on roofs can present a threat to the structural integrity of a building if the accumulated weight becomes too great. In addition, icicles could form and pose a threat to public safety if not promptly removed. Property owners have a legal responsibility to consider the safety of their buildings, and this obligation includes removing ice that may come loose during warm weather.

To secure a building, property owners should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following:

  • Clear ice and snow from areas around the sites that are used by the public.
  • Safely remove ice and snow from flat roofs, gutters, and overhangs.
  • Clean out gutters and roof drains to allow water to drain.

New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions or 911 to report emergencies at construction sites or buildings. New Yorkers who suspect a building or property has been structurally compromised should call 911.

Under §28-301.1 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, property owners are legally obligated to maintain their properties in a safe condition. Department of Buildings weather advisories are strictly a courtesy to remind property owners to prepare their properties for inclement weather and cannot be read to suggest that the Department, rather than the property owner, is responsible for maintaining his or her property.

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Carly Sullivan (212) 566-3473
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