Winter is finally upon us! Although early winter has been much milder than previous years thanks to El Niño, it has been predicted that the second half of winter will be more of what we are used to – snow, freezing rain, and below zero temperatures. Therefore, before we get hit with our first major winter storm of 2016, it would be a good idea to get familiarized with your town’s snow removal service. Snow and freezing rain can make commuting and getting around town a nightmare! Know when to expect your roads and sidewalks to be cleared – and be prepared for long commutes and dangerous winter road conditions.
There are also a few things that residents can do to assist the city with efficient snow clearing.
- Remove snow from fire hydrants and drainage catch basins near your property.
- Clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to your property and from roofs that overhang onto the sidewalk.
- Pile snow on the right side of your driveway (when facing the road) when shoveling. This helps minimize the ridge of snow created by the snowplow at the end of your driveway.
- Remove plowed snow at the end of your driveway.
- Park vehicles on your driveway and off the street when possible. This will allow plows to completely clear the roads.
- Keep a safe distance from plows on the roads and do not attempt to pass.
- Do not pile snow on roads or sidewalks. This is a violation of the Highway Traffic Act and city bylaws.
- Keep decorative items near sidewalks and curbs flat on the ground and at least 30 cm away from the edge in order to reduce the chance of damage to property or snow removal equipment and injury to operators.
For more information on snow removal services, please visit the following links or contact us at the Rocca Sisters office directly at 905-335-4102 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Burlington – http://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/Snow-Removal-Frequently-Asked-Questions.asp
Town of Oakville – http://www.oakville.ca/residents/snow-clearing.html
City of Hamilton – https://www.hamilton.ca/streets-transportation/streets-sidewalks/snow-clearing