Health and safety of our volunteers is of the utmost importance at all times. When carrying out the role of a Snow Warden it is important you have read and understood our safety guidelines:
Clearing footpaths of snow and ice
- always wear your high visibility vest when out and about so people can clearly see you
- wear warm clothing and sensible footwear that will provide a good grip
- ensure someone is aware that you have gone out to carry out this work, telling them where you expect to be and a time that you expect to finish
- take a working and charged mobile phone with you if possible so you are contactable in case of an emergency.
- assess the footpaths before commencing any work. Do not attempt to work if you feel conditions would make this unsafe - for example if visibility is poor
- try to clear snow early in the day if you can - it's easier to move when it is fresh and loose and visibility is much better too
- don't use water - it might refreeze and turn to black ice
- remove as much snow as possible using your snow shovel, before spreading the salt onto footpaths. This will prevent it from refreezing overnight.
You must also read and understand the Snow Warden Risk Assessment that includes the steps to keep you safe.