Are you ready for winter?
Published Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Today we’ll look at some of the things you can do to prepare for winter and some advice on when it arrives.
Footpaths in residential areas will generally not be gritted - try and keep the area outside your property as clear as possible. Perhaps help an elderly or less able neighbour as well.
When it snows Community Service Offenders will help to clear snow.
- shovel snow using as large a blade as possible. To make it easier, make a line down the middle of your path and shovel the snow to either side
- use ordinary table salt on your path to stop ice forming. Remember, salt in grit bins should only be used for roads or public footpaths and not on private property
- let the sun melt the ice after you've shovelled off the snow. This will only work if daytime temperatures are well above freezing
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council's Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor Chris Thompson, said: "Keeping footpaths and driveways clear is one area where communities really can come together and make a huge difference.
"We only grit a very small percentage of our footpaths, so following our tips should be a real help.
"The old adage that many hands make light work is true - why not ask your neighbours to help out? I would also ask that if you are reasonably fit you assist people round about you who might not be able to do as much, perhaps because of age or ill health."