Council‘s advice on cold weather myths

11 December 2017

Cheshire West and Chester Council has issued advice for residents during the current cold snap.

Firstly, don't believe the myths - it's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries if you have cleared the snow from the pavement outside your home carefully.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Clearing snow and ice can help prevent slips and falls.  Don’t worry about clearing a path through snow in front of your property.

“Follow the advice in the Met Office’s ‘Snow Code’ to make sure you clear the pathway safely and effectively.  It’s on their website…

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/barometer/advice/your-home/the-snow-code

A myth currently circulating on social media is that grit used to treat roads during cold weather contains anti-freeze or other chemicals which are lethal to pets.

Councillor Shore added: “The grit used on Cheshire West and Chester’s roads is just pure rock salt, with no chemical de-icer additives.  It is sourced locally from the Winsford Rock Salt Mine.

“However, rock salt (sodium chloride) can make dogs and cats ill, if they lick it from their paws or fur.  Wipe your pet’s feet and the fur on his/her legs and tummy after a walk or time outdoors.

“The Council has a duty to balance the environmental impact of using rock salt and the need to maintain a safe highways network during the cold winter months.  Our Highways Service is working hard to keep everyone safe.” Car owners are advised to keep anti-freeze used in their vehicles away from pets.  Anti-freeze has a mildly sweet flavour that is interesting and tasty to domestic dogs.

Dogs that live primarily or exclusively outdoors, and those that are permitted to roam freely about the neighbourhood, have an increased risk of coming into contact with anti-freeze.

With Monday expected to be the coldest night since winter 2012/13, motorists are advised to drive carefully and residents are asked to check in on vulnerable neighbours.
 

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