Tips for clearing snow and ice

Tips for clearing snow and ice
It is legal to remove snow and ice from outside your property, pathways and public spaces as long as you do it considerately

Start early – much easier to clear fresh, loose snow

Don’t use hot water – it melts the snow, but replaces it with black ice

Use table salt, rock salt, ash or sand to prevent ice forming but avoid spreading it on plants or grass

Be a good neighbour and help anyone that may not be able to clear snow and ice from their own pathways

If shovelling snow:

Think about where you will put the snow so you don’t block paths or drainage channels

Use a wide shovel

Make a line down the middle of your path first, so you have a safe surface to walk on – then shovel the snow from the centre to the sides

Use the sun to your advantage by removing the top layer of snow so sun melts any ice underneath

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4 thoughts on “Tips for clearing snow and ice

  1. If it’s below about -4 Celsius you’d simply create an ice rink as sea water sprayed on to roads would simply freeze at that temperature. The freezing point depression effect is very small. There would not be adequate evaporation either given the high humidity. I think the salt and molasses approach is much better.

  2. Why caannot Councils & Local Authorities use ordinary salty Seawater for clearing roads & pavements of snow & ice? Seawater could also be used in vast quantities to eliminate snow from Airport runways.

    This abundant, very cheap & unlimited salty resource could be easily carried by large road-tankers and then pumped or sprayed onto all road surfaces. As this water is so salty, it would not immediately re-freeze and would also help to keep roads entirely clear, even when the water evaporated.

    Crystaline salt would then also be left remaining on the roads to prevent further snow from settling. Not only would fresh snow & ice be prevented but roads would then also become quite dry and much safer to use even in the most severe winter conditions.

  3. “It is legal to remove snow and ice from outside your property…”?? Here in the Netherlands you get a hefty fine if you don’t keep the entire length of the public sidewalk in front of your property free of snow. The local authority also provides free salt and sand.

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