Can you please show me where or provide me with a code in regards to keeping sidewalks clean and shoveled.
It would be a city or state item, talk to them
I live in snow country also. The exit discharge is a element of the means of egress. Snow and ice are foreseeable conditions.
Life Safety Code Section under:
7.1.6 Walking Surfaces in the Means of Egress.
Snow country here as well. We utilize 7.1.6 as cited above, but also you may need to cite The Life Safety Code 3.3.172 for the definition of a means of egress: Means of Egress. A continuous and unobstructed way of travel from any point in a building or structure to a public way, consisting of three separate and distinct parts: (1) the exit access, (2) the exit, and (3) the exit discharge. This will clear up for anyone questioning that sidewalks from Exits doors back to the public way must be maintained throughout all conditions in all seasons. Too often people think once occupants are outside egress is over.
As an related aside, we've had good luck utilizing this to ensure businesses take care of all their required means of egress over the winter, but have difficulty with rental units. Landlords often have driveways plowed, but no walkway's shoveled, thus secondary means of egress go untouched all winter, or residents of elderly housing properties raise concerns about the speed in which the maintenance people clear the means of egress.
In addition to what Milton offered, please reference 7.7, in particular 7.7.1 and A7.7.1.
Several years ago this issue was a very hot topic in healthcare facilities located in snow county which resulted in the NFPA issuing a Formal Interpretation on this matter.
One word of caution: arrangements that comply with LSC requirements may not always comply with ADA requirements if the door is designated as an accessible entrance or exit.
Retrieving data ...