Residents Encouraged to Clear Sidewalks; Help Neighbors

Feb. 12, 2010
OPA 043/10

News Highlights

  • Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and school bus stops.
  • Help neighbors, especially older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Fairfax County Emergency Information Line — 703-817-7771, TTY 711.

More Information 

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Fairfax County do not clear snow and ice from public walkways, including sidewalks and trails.  Although not legally obligated, Fairfax County residents and businesses are encouraged to clear snow off the sidewalks in front of your property, so pedestrians, especially school children, people with disabilities and older adults, can walk safely.  You also are encouraged to help neighbors who may not be able to clear snow from their driveways and sidewalks.

In addition:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are scheduled to be in session on Monday, Feb. 15.  FCPS requests everyone who is able to clear walking paths and bus stops so that students can get to school safely.
  • Residents and businesses should make sure that all parking spots identified as accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities are cleared of snow and ice.
  • Homeowner associations may require members of their communities to clear walkways on or near their property. Contact your association or property manager for more information.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management reminds residents that shoveling snow is hard on your body. If there is any reason that shoveling snow might be dangerous for you, such as a heart condition, consult your doctor before shoveling. If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.

Emergency information and status updates will be available on:

Additional winter weather preparedness information can be found online


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