A common rumour at this time of year is that people are not allowed to salt the pavements – this is untrue.
The government advice is:
You can clear snow and ice from pavements yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sued or held responsible if someone is injured on a path or pavement if you’ve cleared it carefully.
When you clear snow and ice:
- do it early in the day – it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow
- don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to black ice
- use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight
- you can use ash and sand if you don’t have enough salt – it will provide grip underfoot
- pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help
For more information about Kent’s Winter Service, including a map of gritting routes, visit:
Use the available salt bins to scatter grit over pavements and roads near your house.
Find out where the salt bins are by using the KCC map.