Property owners and managers have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for those who visit their premises such as students, parents, or other visitors. When a safety hazard or dangerous condition develops, a property owner has a duty to provide a warning until the hazard can be remedied or repaired. If a school has knowledge, or should have knowledge, of a dangerous condition which could cause injury but fails to fix the condition or make it otherwise safe, the school may be legally liable if a student were to get hurt because of that condition.

Examples of potentially dangerous conditions include wet floors, broken tiles or flooring, broken windows, poor lighting in stairwells or hallways, broken or dangerous playground equipment, or ice on walkways.