Keep Your Sidewalks Clear
With the recent snow fall, it is important to shovel, salt, and maintain sidewalks and walkways on your property. While shoveling is probably not anyone’s favorite activity, it is important to be diligent in keeping your sidewalks clear from snow and ice.
Sidewalks that are covered in snow and ice pose a serious safety hazard to those who need to use them. Fluctuating temperatures can cause snow to melt and freeze again quickly, causing slick patches that may not be visible to passersby. Snow can also easily create the risk for twisting an ankle or knee while walking over it. Debris that may have been on or near the sidewalk before the snow fell may be covered by the snow and create a tripping hazard. These conditions pose a special concern for children who may need to use your sidewalk to walk to and from school, as well as members of the postal service and other delivery drivers who need to access your walkways to do their job.
Clearing snow soon after the snowfall settles is ideal for achieving the easiest and most complete maintenance of your sidewalks. Snow is lighter when it is fresh and before it has been packed down by people walking over it or by melts and freezes. It is easier to make sure you get all the snow off the sidewalk when it is shoveled or cleared quickly, making the walkway safer and less prone to patches of black ice or other slippery spots. Putting salt down after shoveling helps clear remaining dampness and further prevent slick sidewalks.
Whether you love or hate the snow, living in a cold weather climate this time of year brings a responsibility to safely maintain your sidewalks and walkways, so get out there and clear that snow to help keep everyone safe!