Who should remove snow and ice at homes or businesses

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by SHON GABLES

WFAA

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 4 at 6:34 PM

The sidewalks are not any better than the roads in most places. The snow covered most of them overnight. What melted on Friday was going to re-freeze. That will make things even more dangerous.

Think the roads are slick, try navigating the sidewalks.

Adam Carter learned the hard way.

"I busted my butt a couple of times," said Carter.

He has challenged Dallas businesses and residents to clean up.

City Code inspector Joey Zapata said by law, every owner, lessee, tenant, or occupant of a business or home in Dallas, have three hours after a storm passes to clear snow and ice from sidewalks and entry ways.

"If anybody has any concerns about it they can call 3-1-1 and that's when code compliance will step in and make sure they take care of it," said Zapata.

Zapata expects thousands of party-goers in downtown Dallas. He warns that if someone slips and falls on ice coated sidewalks, it is private property. That means business owners will be responsible, not the City.

"The most important thing is safety it’s just that business owner’s take accountability for making sure that it’s passable," Zapata said.

We also checked sidewalk access at The Playboy Party, The Bud Light hotel, Fair Park's Coliseum and the Majestic which is hosting Shaq's all star comedy jam.

No one took chances at those events.

"They want me to have it cleaned up so nobody won't fall at the event tonight!" said Christopher Cobb

Fort Worth and Arlington do not have city ordinances requiring homeowners and businesses to clear snow and ice from sidewalks and entry ways.

 Email: sgables@wfaa.com

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