Consider clearing a neighbour’s sidewalks when you do your own.
Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks can be a difficult task for our senior residents, or those with limited mobility. You can be a good neighbour and lend a helping hand to neighbours that may need assistance clearing snow and ice from sidewalks.
Your efforts will help create a safer community for everyone, be great exercise and will help people meet their responsibility, as per City Bylaw, to remove ice and snow from their sidewalks by 10:00 a.m.
Other tips during Snowfall
Residents are also being asked to keep parked cars off roads whenever possible during snow storms and to avoid shovelling snow back onto the roads.
Please help us by clearing any drains adjacent to your property, especially during melting conditions. Blocked catch basins may result in excess water along the road area, which can become dangerous if it subsequently freezes. Blocked catch basins may result in flooding of adjacent properties depending on the extent of the blockage and the amount of melting snow.
Get the scoop on shovelling with these snow tips!
- Use an ergonomic snow shovel with a curved or adjustable handle to make snow removal easier.
- Use the shovel to push snow to one side rather than lifting it. If lifting is necessary, bend your knees to take the strain off your back.
- Cold, tight muscles are prone to injury, so try going for a brisk walk, marching in place or doing any other full-body activity before shovelling.
- Pace yourself by removing small amounts of snow frequently instead of removing a large pile all at once.
- Take a 10 or 15-minute break during shovelling and stretch out your arms, shoulders and back to keep them warm and flexible.
- Wear shoes or boots with good treads to minimize the risk of slipping.
- Spread sand, rock salt or kitty litter on your sidewalk or driveway to increase traction and reduce accidents.
Learn more about how the City prepares for winter and acts on snow and ice removal