Stockport’s Snow Code
Last updated 21 April 2021
Whilst we're gritting key roads and footpaths across the borough there's plenty you can do to help keep the borough moving during the winter months.
The Snow Code is a set of helpful tips for residents and businesses on clearing snow and ice from pavements or public spaces.
There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the public pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you've cleared it carefully. Follow the Snow Code when clearing snow and ice safely.
The government has developed the 'Get ready for winter' campaign to make sure that you're prepared for the winter months. The campaign aims to help you prepare for winter and offers advice on what to do during severe weather
Pay extra attention when clearing snow and ice from steps and steep paths. You might need to use more salt on these areas.
If you clear snow and ice yourself, be careful. You can make paths more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. Do not be put off clearing paths because you’re afraid someone will get injured.
Remember, people walking on snow and ice have a 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. If possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning, as sunshine during the day will help melt any ice underneath. Cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.
Use salt or sand to melt snow
If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it's invisible and very slippery. Prevent black ice by spreading salt on the area you've cleared.
Alternatively, you can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt. Use a tablespoon for each square metre you clear.
Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may cause them damage.
If you do not have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These will not stop the path icing over as well as salt, but will provide good grip under foot.
Take care where you move the snow
When you’re shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it does not block people’s paths or drains.
Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first. This is to make sure you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.
Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths
If your neighbour has 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.