- Shovels with a small blade and ergonomic handle with a gentle curve are best
- Push the snow, instead of lifting it, as you shovel; it's easier on your back
- Use a small shovel or fill only half of a large one
- Lift with your legs bent and keep your back straight
- Spray the shovel blade with cooking oil if the snow is sticking to it
- Clear snow after it falls to prevent packed down snow or ice
- Clear right to the sidewalk
- Offer to help anyone who may need help due to mobility or health issues
Snow and freeze/thaw cycles can result in very hazardous conditions on walkways and sidewalks. These conditions are a safety concern for everyone – particularly for those with limited mobility, waste collectors and other service providers.
Property owners should remove snow and ice as soon as possible, especially during days of continuous snowfall and during freeze/thaw cycles. As residents of a winter city, we need to be considerate of the impact snowy and icy sidewalks have on our neighbours and fellow citizens.
Failure to maintain your sidewalks could result in a $100 fine plus potentially any cleanup costs.
Free sand is available at participating community leagues and Roadway Maintenance Yards.