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How can I keep my sidewalks safe in the winter?

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2021 | Premises Liability |

Whether you own a business or have a home, you need to ensure the sidewalks on your property stay safe for anyone walking on them. In the winter, this can become a challenge, especially when a storm hits and there are ice and snow concerns.

State Farm explains that you should have a plan for the winter months so you can avoid slippery sidewalks and the potential for personal injury claims against you.

Clearing ice

When it comes to clearing ice from your sidewalks, you will need to make sure you use the proper products. Ice melt and rock salt work differently. When it is below five degrees, you want to stick with ice melt. Rock salt only works above that temperature and will allow some melt and refreeze, which you want to avoid.

You should also consider mixing your ice melt with sand to provide additional traction even if there is some refreeze. Make sure to spread it on the sidewalks prior to ice forming. If you know there will be a storm, do it before the storm hits.

Clearing snow

Clearing snow can be a chore if you let it pile up too much. It is a very physical process. It is best to stay on top of the snow as the storm progresses. You should shovel often. Allow only a few inches to accumulate before you go out to clear the sidewalk. In big storms, you may need to do this often.

It can also help to ensure you have the right tools when clearing your sidewalks. Make sure you have a good shovel and consider getting a snowblower or a plow for large jobs.