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Guide to Clearing Snow & Ice
The government has issued a snow code to advise residents on clearing snow and ice from pavements outside their homes and public spaces.
There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces and it’s unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully.
The code gives tips on how to:
- prevent slips: use more salt on steps and steep pathways.
- clear the snow or ice early in the day: it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. Cover the area with salt at night to prevent refreezing overnight.
- Use salt or sand - not water: if you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work.
- Be a good neighbour: if you think your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, contact the council.
In Charnwood, Leicestershire County Council is responsible for gritting the highways and can be contacted on 0800 62 62 03.
Use the links below to access more advice about dealing with winter weather.
- Cold Weather Warning - Information & Advice
- Information on Winter driving and gritting from Leicestershire County Council
Other Useful links
Use to the links below to get information and advice about dealing with cold weather.
The rail network can suffer severe disruption as a result of snow and severe weather. You are advised to check how services are operating before travelling by checking the National Rail Enquiries website for the latest information. National Rail Enquiries also provides contact telephone numbers on their website.
If you are flying, check directly with your airline to see if your flight has been affected by local weather or other problems, and allow extra travel time to get to the airport.
Last updated: Fri 3rd July, 2015 @ 13:26