Letter: Clear snow to prevent injury
The government advise not to be put off by clearing snow or ice outside your home as people walking on snow or ice have a responsibility to look after themselves.
It also recommends that you should offer to clear your neighbour’s path, especially if they would have difficulty getting in or out of their home, in particular for elderly and disabled neighbours.
Do not believe the myth that you should not clear, responsibly, the snow from the footpath outside your home.
There is nothing more disconcerting to pedestrians than having to walk along a path that has not been cleared, but has had cars continually crossing the path, compacting the snow which then freezes and leaves a stretch of ice.
If you can clear a path or drive from you home, it does not take a lot of extra effort for most people to carefully clear the footpath in front of their home – be a good neighbour to pedestrians and remember the Snow Code:
1) Don’t be afraid to clear paths in fear someone will get injured.
2) People walking on snow and ice have the responsibility to be careful.
3) Don’t make the pathways more dangerous by putting down hot water to melt the snow – this will cause them to refreeze – use salt or grit.
If you can, clear the snow as soon as reasonably possible.