Salt and grit are your best friend through the winter months. Don't wait till the temperature drops, add some tubs to your shopping list now if you haven't already got any. Then they're available whenever the need arises. Brown rock salt contains large granules and its colour is useful as its visible on snow. It can be spread manually or mechanically on larger areas.
Streetwise provides a grit-spreading service for many businesses and commercial customers and private individuals. It's easy to have an arrangement for us to grit-spread as soon as the temperature is forecast to drop to zero. Businesses that rely on customer footfall such as pubs, supermarkets, schools, industrial units, benefit from knowing that their premises are always accessible by grit-spreading last thing at night and first thing in the morning.
A word of warning - some external floorings such as York stone are damaged by grit - an organic substitute should be used.
If snow falls, early action pays dividends. The longer it lies, the more impacted it becomes, ice forms at the base, it becomes increasingly hazardous, is harder to clear, and it takes longer to melt. So for manageable areas, get outside with a shovel and deal with it! If you're unable to do this yourself, or if the area is large, give us a call. Streetwise will clear footpaths, drives, walkways around businesses, leisure centres, community areas and sheltered homes - anywhere that can't be reached by a snow plough.
If you have an emergency, we offer an out of hours help line for weather-related problems. Between 5pm and 7am, when the office isn't fully manned, you can contact our emergency call centre on 0115 981 1143.
So don't let the weather spoil the festivities, be prepared for all meteorological eventualities!
Bob Alderton, Operations Director