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.
- 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).