As the temperate drops outside, the Government has issued advice for the clearing of paths during periods of ice and snow over the winter period.
* PREVENT SLIPS - Pay extra attention to clear snow and ice from steps and steep pathways. You might need to use more salt on these areas. If you clear snow and ice yourself, be careful - don’t make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. But don’t be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have responsibility to be careful themselves.
* CLEAR THE 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. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.
* USE SALT OR SAND, NOT WATER - If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. You can prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt - a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. If you don’t have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as well as salt, but will provide good grip under foot.
* OFFER TO CLEAR YOUR NEIGHBOURS’ PATHS - If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather.
* During the bad weather, East Lindsey District Council will attempt to keep council-run car parks open.
* Council-operated car parks at Tesco (Horncastle) and Co-op (Louth) will be kept clear by the stores themselves.
* Lincolnshire County Council is the authority responsible for road gritting. Information on the County Council’s gritting schedule can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.