We love the snow, but 24 hours after the storm ends, residential and commercial property owners should clear the snow from their sidewalks. Here are some suggestions for organizing your neighborhood shoveling team.
- Before the first snowfall, talk with your neighbors. Find out who can help and who needs help, who has a shovel and who needs one. Exchange contact information: name, phone number(s), email, Twitter, Facebook.
- Keep a list of those who can help and make a call every now and then to those who said they couldn’t. They might change their mind.
- Gather snow shoveling resources (shovels, salt, sand) as soon as possible.
- Identify a safe and legal location to pile snow.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death during the winter.
- Let your neighbors know if you will be out of town, so they can clear your sidewalk in your absence.
- DPW solid waste enforcement personnel drive plows during snow storms, so they are not available to enforce sidewalk clearing violations. Please take care of your sidewalk and help your neighbors with theirs.
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