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For Immediate Release
February 24, 2008

*** INCLEMENT WEATHER ADVISORY ***

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

The National Weather Service forecasts warm weather conditions on Monday, February 25 for the New York City area. To prepare for the rising temperatures, the Buildings Department 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, the colder temperatures may lead to icicles that could 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 extends to when melting snow leads to 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 3-1-1 to report non-compliant conditions or 9-1-1 to report emergencies at construction sites or buildings. New Yorkers who suspect a building or property has been structurally compromised should call 9-1-1.

Contact:     Kate Lindquist/Carly Sullivan (212) 566-3473

The New York City Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of buildings and properties by enforcing the Building Code and Zoning Resolution. We facilitate development with integrity, efficiency and professionalism.

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