by Greg Greg
sidewalk safety

When you’re a kid, the prospect of snow is always exciting. You get to look forward to possibly missing school and staying home. There’s also snowball fights, snowmen, sledding, and snowboarding.

When you’re an adult, however, the idea of snow can be a haunting idea. There is the possibility you may miss out on work, but depending on your job, you may still have to go to work. There’s also the task of clearing snow from your driveway and walkway.

However, clearing your sidewalk of snow is also important. Sidewalk safety is especially important when covered by snow and ice. Keep reading to learn important safety tips about sidewalk safety when it snows this winter.

The Importance of Sidewalk Safety

If you live in a community, your contribution to keeping sidewalks snow and ice-free will go a long way towards being a good neighbor. If it snows enough, people in your neighborhood will likely have to stay home. This means that families and especially the kids in your neighborhood may be outside to enjoy the snow.

If there is a lot of snow accumulation, the depth of snow on the sidewalk may be hard to determine. Clearing the sidewalk of snow will help prevent people from falling through snow that is deeper than it seems.

Also, snow can hide the presence of ice underneath. This, of course, can lead to slips and falls. If you have visitors to your property and they are hurt due to snow and ice, you may be responsible for their damages.

Maintain your sidewalk to keep your family and community safe during the winter.

Rock Salt and Calcium Chloride

One of the first things to sell out at stores when preparing for snow is salt. Salt has long been associated with its effectiveness in preventing snow and ice from accumulating. 

However, there are a few concerns when rock salt is used. Pets, such as dogs, can be hurt when stepping on salt. There is also the risk of animals ingesting salt and suffering complications.

Salt accumulation can also spill into local waterways and contaminate the ecosystem when the snow melts. Over time, the salt will also damage concrete and metal. If you have concrete on your property that has seen wear and tear from snow, get an estimate on repairs.

Calcium chloride works at lower temperatures than salt, down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is less calcium chloride needed to be effective, but it also doesn’t contain cyanide.

Be Prepared

During winter, keep a close eye on the forecast. If you see snow or sleet in the forecast, check to make sure you have enough of whatever you will need to ensure that you can keep your property safe. You should also have an extra supply of what you need.

If snow is imminent, don’t wait until it starts to lay down your salt or calcium chloride. Pre-treating is the most effective way to manage snow and ice. Make sure you reapply new coats at regular intervals as well.

Snow Removal and Commercial Landscape Design

De Carlo Landscapes is here for all your snow removal and commercial landscaping needs. We also do repairs to asphalt and concrete. If you found this article on sidewalk safety helpful, visit our website to check out our services to see how we can help you.