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For Immediate Release
December 29, 2010

*** WARNING: INCLEMENT WEATHER ADVISORY ***

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

Due to warmer temperatures in the New York City area, 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, 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 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.

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. Buildings Department 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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