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The Top 8 Dos and Don'ts of Snow & Ice Clearance Follow

1. Do start clearing as soon as possible.  It is far easier to clear freshly fallen snow than compacted ice and snow that has been walked on so get out there as soon as you can get some warm clothes, gripping shoes and gloves on.  

2. Don't use hot water to clear snow. It replaces the snow with black 'invisible' ice which is even more hazardous

3. Do think about where you deposit the snow you clear. However you do it, a shovelful or snow blower stream of broken snow and ice thrown to the side of your path is one thing. Flinging it into your next door neighbour's garden is a no-no.

4. Don't clear all the patch at once. It is better to clear the centre of your path first then work outwards to the sides. That way you are always working on a cleared and safe surface.

5. Do use salt if need be. But remember some plants are very sensitive to ordinary salts and it could destroy them.

6. Don't use all the salt from the local salt bins to clear your yard or paths. Make sure enough is left to clear roads, pavements and other communal areas. Sand and ash are fairly good substitutes for salt if you are finding it hard to source. They don't melt in the same way but can help to provide firmer footing.

7. Do remember that if you are running a business you have a duty of care to try to make sure walkways and areas walked on by your customers, staff or the public are kept clear and safe where possible.

8. Finally Don't be caught off your guard. Be prepared. Whether that means keeping a shovel handy, in the porch, the boot of your car or your shed or purchasing a snow blower, salt spreader  or hand plough is up to you, but when the snow comes it pays to be armed and ready.

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