Snow & Ice Starting To Cause Concerns

During the winter we quickly fall into auto pilot when it comes to shoveling, salting, checking for leaks and unfreezing other pipes. What we often forget is that maintaining the outside of our property is just as important as protecting the inside during this freezing season.

After the heavy snow fall earlier this week, the warming temperatures and rain will create more hazardous conditions and the threat of flooding.  Below are some tips on how to keep your property safe.

Storm Drains

Protect your property from possible flood damage by making sure storm drains and catch basins around your property are clear of snow and ice. Clogged and snow-covered drains and catch basins can quickly result in flood conditions.

To reduce the possibility of flooding, we suggest the following steps:

  • Locate any drains or catch basins adjacent to your property.
  • Make sure drains and catch basins are clear of any snow or ice.
  • Clear a path for water to flow into the drains and catch basins.
  • At no time, should a person attempt to enter a storm drain to remove debris.
  • Being vigilant about making sure drains are clear can greatly reduce the chance of flooded streets and properties.

Fire Hydrants

At a fire, the fire department must quickly locate and gain a water supply source from the closest fire hydrant. A fire engine carries enough water in its tank for approximately 5 (five) minutes of firefighting.

If a fire hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time must be spent digging it out. Remember, water is the main tool firefighters use to extinguish fires. Delays in locating and connecting to the fire hydrant could hamper fire suppression, thereby increasing the risk of injury and additional property damage.

  • It is best to keep an area of 3 feet clear in every direction around a fire hydrant.
  • Clear the snow around the hydrant to any flags or markers on the hydrant can be seen from a distance.
  • Don’t park within 15ft of a hydrant.


As the snow and ice pile up and winter drags on we often get a little lazy about removal. Below are some Do’s and Don’t to remember:


Remove snow, slush, and ice from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting your property within 3 hours of snowfall ending (or 3 hours from sunrise if snow falls overnight).

  • Remove snow, slush, and ice from the full paved width of the sidewalk and curb ramp or a minimum path of 42 inches wide. Narrow paths encumber carriages and wheelchairs, and properly cleared pathways ensure flow and safety of pedestrian traffic.
  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible and treat with sand, sawdust or similar material.
  • Clear any snow that may be blocking a handicapped ramp.


Shovel or plow snow into the street: Violators caught shoveling snow from private property into the street can be fined.

  • Overexert while shoveling: Excessive strain from the cold and hard labor may cause heart attacks.
  • Please help out elderly or vulnerable neighbors.
  • Leave snow or ice on stairways or fire escapes. All common means of egress must be clear.

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