Winter Safety Tips – Keeping Walkways Free of Ice Keeping walkways free of ice and snow is one way to prevent winter accidents. Snow can harden into icy chunks, making surfaces slippery and hazardous for anyone venturing outside.
Snow Removal Removing fresh snow before it has a chance to harden into ice is the best method to keep your pavement clear. The best time to do it is when it has just snowed and there is about an inch or more covering the ground.
Shovel snow from your driveway, around flower beds and your front door, to the front sidewalk. Although there is no legal obligation for homeowners to shovel snow from sidewalks in the state of Ohio, local ordinances may require it, depending on the laws where you live.
A visitor could also sue you if they were injured on your property for something other than snow. If water from a downspout froze on a walkway, causing someone to slip, you could be held liable.
In cases where some municipalities go beyond the extent of state law, some Ohio cities with snow removal ordinances levy hefty fines for not removing snow in a timely manner. Use a De-icer Use rock salt (sodium chloride) to keep ice from front doorstep and stairs leading to the driveway. Salting the frozen snow doesn’t make it melt any faster, it just helps the process.
Use the right amount for the area you plan to use it in. The rule of thumb is one handful of salt for every square yard. Use Sand Instead of Kitty Litter People often use kitty litter to give them some traction in the driveway.
The problem is that once the snow or ice melts, the kitty litter (which is made from clay) turns into mud. A better alternative is to sprinkle sand where you need some grip. It works better and won’t turn to mush.
If you need help with snow removal at your property, give us a call. Quality-cut of Ohio can clear snow from your driveway, walkways, and sidewalks in practically no time at all. We offer 24 hour service and can help you get out of your driveway and onto the road where you need to be.