Monday, 14 January 2013

Snowy Weather

Local residents are being encouraged by Conservative-led West Lindsey District Council to clear snow and ice during bad weather.

There is no law stopping individuals from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside a persons or from public spaces.

A number of town and parish councils have made preparations for severe weather. Residents can find contact details for their parish council here to find out what support is available.

To keep up to date with the weather follow this link Weather information. Information on Gritting and snow clearance can be found following the link,
People using areas affected by snow and ice also have responsibility to be careful themselves.

It is unlikely an individual would be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if  cleared carefully.

Local residents should ensure they use common sense and not make the pavement or pathway clearly more dangerous than before.

Tips and advice on clearing snow and ice
  • Start early - it’s easier to clear fresh, loose snow compared to compacted ice that has been compressed by people walking on it
  • Do not use hot water - this will melt the snow, but may replace it with black ice, increasing the risk of injury
  • Be a good neighbour - some people may be unable to clear snow and ice on paths from their property
  • If shoveling snow, think where you are going to put it so that it doesn’t block people’s paths or drainage channels
  • Make a pathway down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on
  • Spreading some salt on the area you have cleared will help stop ice forming - table salt or dishwasher salt will work, but avoid spreading on plants or grass as they may be damaged by it
  • Pay particular care and attention to steps and steep gradients
  • Use the sun to your advantage - removing the top layer of snow will allow the sun to melt any ice beneath; however you will need to cover any ice with salt to stop it refreezing overnight
  • If there’s no salt available, sand or ash are good alternatives

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