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Volunteer to clear ice and snow

At the Borough of Poole our main focus is to clear routes for buses and emergency vehicles and to provide access to hospitals, and main routes close to schools etc.

Our resources are limited so we are unable to provide clearance of snow on every pavement or road in Poole.

Planning ahead to clear ice and snow

  • pre purchase salt and grit in advance
  • familiarise yourself with local gritting routes
  • make sure you have access to shovels and equipment to clear snow
  • check the forecast regularly

Unfortunately the Borough of Poole won’t be able to provide you with equipment, or salt/grit, though your assistance is most welcomed.

What you can do to help clear ice and snow

In previous years, we've been contacted by residents asking how they can help and some of you helped to keep pavements and public spaces clear of snow, especially around your homes, neighbours’ homes, and schools etc.

We are delighted that members of the public want to help their communities. You can best do this locally for your immediate neighbours -the people you know who need help and assistance.

However, some of you were reluctant to help because you were afraid of being sued. There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, the pathways to your property or to any public spaces.

If an accident did happen, it's highly unlikely that you would be held legally responsible as long as you are careful when clearing the snow and ice. 

Just remember to use common sense to ensure you don't make the area more dangerous than before.

Don’t forget people using areas affected by snow and ice also have a responsibility to be careful themselves!

Tips on clearing snow and ice

Follow these suggestions for the safest way to clear snow and ice:

  • wear warm clothes and footwear with a good grip
  • don't take risks on the road and wear visible clothing so you can be seen
  • try to clear snow or ice early. It's easier to move loose snow and the sun will help
  • melt ice
  • clear a small path down the middle of the pavement for a safe surface to walk on, and then shovel from the centre to the kerbside
  • don't block paths, driveways or drains
  • use salt or sand - not water, as it will freeze. Ordinary table salt can be used or you can buy bags of rock salt from DIY shops. 
  • use more salt on steps and steep pathways
  • sand gives a good grip, but won't stop the path icing over. 
  • salting areas before snow falls makes snow clearance easier
  • don’t use hot water - this will melt the snow, but may replace it with black ice, increasing the risk of injury

There’s a lot you can do to help if you want to, so be a good neighbour this winter - some people may be unable to clear snow and ice on paths from their property, clear it for them.

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