Be a good neighbour when temperatures drop...

Archived news: published on Wednesday 01 Feb 2017 by NHS Fife

As temperatures drop, we don’t want to see the good people of Fife following suit and ending up in our Emergency Department with a fractured hip.

Council staff do a great job gritting our roads but residents can also play an important role in promoting safety when ice and snow make an appearance.

Being a good neighbour to those unable to clear their paths or properties can also make a big difference and reduce the likelihood of an accident across a community.

Here’s some top tips to help deal with snow and ice:

• Pay extra attention to steep pathways – you might need to use more salt on these areas.

• Clear the snow or ice early in the day. It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning.

• Use salt or sand – not water. If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery. You can prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared.

• Take care where you move the snow. Take care where you snow so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on.


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