You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It is unlikely that you will be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you have cleared it carefully.

When you clear snow and ice:

  • do it early in the day - it is easier to move fresh, loose snow
  • don't use water - it might refreeze causing black ice
  • use salt if possible - it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight (don't use the salt from salting bins as this is used to keep roads clear)
  • you can use ash and sand if you don't have enough salt
  • pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways

Page last updated 23/10/2017