Clearing snow and ice from pavements

If you clear snow or ice from the pavements and public spaces outside your home you can follow the guidance on GOV.UK regarding how to clear snow from a road, path or cycleway to ensure you do it safely.

When clearing snow and ice

  • make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides
  • remove the top layer of snow in the morning, so any ice beneath melts during the day
  • cover cleared areas with table or dishwasher salt before nightfall, to stop refreezing overnight. One tablespoon per square metre cleared should work
  • be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may cause them damage
  • when shovelling snow ensure the piles don’t block paths or drains
  • don’t use the salt from salting bins on paths - it's for keeping roads clear
  • don't use water to melt snow, it may refreeze and turn to ice increasing the risk of injuries

Clearing snow and ice in your community

Volunteer snow wardens are residents who give up some of their time to clear snow during bad weather.

You don't have to be a snow warden to assist in your community. If you're able to offer help ask your neighbours if they'd like you to clear snow and ice around their property as well.

Check elderly or disabled neighbours are all right in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, contact adult social care.

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