Snow and Ice Buildup on Sidewalks
During the winter months, keeping sidewalks clear of ice and snow in our neighborhoods is important, especially for children who are walking to the bus stops. Thank you for helping to keep the environment safe for our neighbors.
Tips for Clearing Snow and Ice from Sidewalks
- Shovel early and often. The best strategy is to shovel snow off of the walkways/sidewalks before the snow gets trampled and packed down.
- Use an ice chipper to break up the snow and ice and scrape snow and ice off the walkway/sidewalks if the snow is packed in tightly.
- To melt ice, sprinkle the surface with rock salt, which is effective down to 15 degrees. However, be aware that rock salt can damage lawns and plants.
- Calcium chloride pellets can melt snow in temperatures down to -20 degrees. However, this product can damage lawns and plants.
- Try an alternative. Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) was developed as a deicing alternative because it has less adverse effects on the environment than salt and does not cause corrosion. CMA is more expensive than rock salt, but is recommended for environmentally-sensitive areas.
- Sand will not melt ice, but when sprinkled over packed snow and ice, does provide excellent traction.
- Use a broadcast spreader to apply the deicer sparingly.
- Once the ice starts to melt, scrape the surface clean to prevent the deicer from damaging concrete walkways/sideways.
- Remove your shoes or boots when entering your house to prevent tracking the deicer or sand indoors.