Snow and Ice Removal: What You Need To Know!

We live in Colorado and we know it snows in the winter. But sometimes it is easy to forget that we are responsible to remove the snow.  But don’t forget this town has lots of bikers and pedestrians who use people power to get them around even in the snow, sleet and ice. It is important to know if snow removal is a tenant’s responsibility of that of the owner. If you do not know, ask! Either way, being prompt about snow and ice removal is a courteous thing to do as well as the law!

Here is what you need to know: When the snow falls or the ice builds up don’t forget you have 24 hours from when the snow stops to get the sidewalks shoveled.

Here is some important resources during the winter in Boulder:

Request a Snow Plow or Report Sidewalk Snow and Ice: http://www.inquireboulder.com and submit a “snow plow request”

IceBusters: If you are a senior or physically disabled person [or just know someone in your neighborhood who is] you can request assistance through the Boulder County CareConnect IceBuster program. For details or to volunteer go to http://www.careconnectbc.org or call 303.443.1933, ext. 413.

Other Important Snow & Ice Information:

City of Boulder Street Maintenance: 303.413.7162

Snow Dispatch: 303.413.7109

Streets & Bikeways Maintenance Hotline: 303.413.7177

Sidewalk Snow/Ice Complaints: 303.441.3333

Colorado Department of Transportation: 303.442.4382

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Stay Safe This Winter: It Is Time To Check Your Smoke Detectors

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A smoke detector’s job is straight forward – it warns you when there is a threat of fire. Using an ionization chamber, it senses subtle changes in the electronic current of your air and alerts you of life-threatening situations. Here is your job – make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. This simple task could save your life. Seriously!

Start Here:

1. Take an inventory. How many smoke detectors do you have? It usually depends on the type and age of your home. They can be anywhere, so do a good search! Also, some systems are connected – meaning when one goes off they all do. But, in case not, be sure to test each one separately. Even if the smoke detectors are interconnected, you should still test each one to make sure when one goes off, it triggers the others.

2. Test them. Find the “test” or “reset” button on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you are having trouble finding it, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. Press the button (Note: you may need a paper clip). If it goes off, your detector is working. The test usually runs about 30 seconds. If your detector does not work, try putting in new batteries. Repeat the test. If it still does not work it is time to replace it!

If they don’t work properly it is time to get them replaced. Taking time to perform this simple check can save your life. If you have not done it in a few months it’s time to do it right away!