How to prepare for snow and ice
15 January 2024
The purpose of the following advice is to provide useful tips for our Customers and is not designed to replace professional advice. It does not necessarily deal with every aspect of a topic and if you are in any doubt, you should consult a qualified expert for their help. You should never attempt to carry out any activity which may put you or others at risk or which may cause damage to your or anyone else's property and the activities described must not be attempted by anyone under the age of 18.
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When winter blankets your surroundings with snow and ice, ensuring that your outdoor space is well-prepared becomes essential for safety and convenience.
Stock essential winter supplies
Ensure you have lots of de-icer, rock salt, or sand to prevent ice buildup on walkways. Invest in a sturdy snow shovel for efficient snow removal.
Inspect outdoor walls
Check the exterior walls of your home for cracks and if you know how, patch them up to prevent damp. If you’re a Places for People customer, please report a repair rather than tackling this yourself. If you have a shed, prevent leaks by painting the exterior walls with a wood protective paint or coating.
Clear pathways of snow and ice
Take responsibility for the path directly outside your home. Remove any obstacles that could become hazards when covered by snow. When the snow falls, keep the path clear of snow and ice to ensure safe access for both yourself and others.
After the ice has melted, clear away any debris such as branches or slippy leaves, be careful with any heavy objects like fences that may have blown down.
Communicate with neighbours
As you’re chatting with your neighbours, it can be a good idea to coordinate with them to organise a plan for maintaining any outdoor areas that you share.
Consider checking in with any neighbours who are elderly or vulnerable as they may need a hand to clean up or collect shopping during or following harsh weather conditions.
Hopefully, these tips on how to prepare for snow and ice will allow you to enjoy white winter days from the comfort and safety of your home and ensure your outdoor spaces are well-maintained. For more on preparing your home for winter, check out our helpful guides and tips.
We understand that winter can be a difficult time for many, so most importantly, look after yourself, your family and neighbours. If you’re one of our customers and need extra support this winter, you may be eligible for winter help, resources, and support from Places for People.