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Clearing snow and ice

We have pulled together a range of advice on clearing snow and ice in public areas:

  • There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. (It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully).
  • Clear 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
  • Use salt or sand - not water. If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice
  • Use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Don’t use the salt found in salting bins - this will be needed to keep the roads clear.
  • Take care where you move snow - make sure it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains.
  • Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths - if they have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well.
  • Check elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather.

Further information and advice can be found at direct.gov (external link)