With the icy weather and potential snow incoming, paths can become treacherous but how do we keep our paths clear without potentially causing harm to others?
Provided you use common sense and don't make the pathways more dangerous you shouldn't face any repercussions clearing the ice and snow.
Here are some tips on the best ways to clear ice/snow without making it worse:
Do it early in the day - it easier to clear loose snow before it has been compacted into solid ice.
Do NOT use water - whilst it may initially clear the path, it is likely to refreeze and become black ice which is more dangerous.
Use Salt - Rock salt is most commonly used and will melt the ice, help prevent the path from freezing again and can increase grip. If you do not have Rock salt then table salt or dishwasher salt will work.
If you don't have enough salt, ash or sand can be used instead - it may not work to melt the ice but will provide additional grip.
Be careful where you shovel snow - don't block drainage channels or other peoples paths.
Pay extra attention when clearing steps or steep paths - use extra salt to help with grip.
If using signs or warning cones, make sure to remove them once the danger has gone otherwise they will end up being ignored and someone could seriously harm themself.
Stay Safe Out There!