Whether Royal City residents love or loathe the snow, they're responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear.
The City of New Westminster's street and traffic bylaw requires property owners and occupants to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property by no later than 10 a.m. of the day following a snowfall. The city states that sidewalks should be clear of snow and ice the full length and width of the sidewalk and right down to the bare concrete.
"It makes it easier for people to move around," Blair Fryer, the city's communications manager, said about snow removal. "We appreciate their assistance."
If people aren't familiar with the city's snowfall protocol, the City of New Westminster's website has plenty of information.
The city recommends that people refrain from using table, rock salt or sodium-based products as they can damage the surface of sidewalks. Instead, it's suggested that they purchase de-icing products.
The city's website also suggests that residents be neighbourly in the event of a snowfall.
"For those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalk, lend a hand: adopt the sidewalk of a senior or a person with a mobility issue and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter long," suggested the city.
The Weather Network's 14-day forecast shows that more of the white stuff may fall in New Westminster in the days to come - perhaps even on Christmas Day.
The City of New Westminster's website also offers the following snow-shoveling tips: clear sidewalks adjacent to your property as soon as the snow storm is finished; choose a snow shovel that is right for you; push the snow instead of lifting (and stop immediately and seek help if you have pain); clear snow from fire hydrants as it makes it easier for firefighters to find the hydrant in an emergency.
The City of New Westminster also recommends that people pile the snow on the right side of their driveway (facing the street), as this reduces the chance of having the plow push the pile back in front of your driveway entrance. The city asks that people never shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways into the streets.
"If your car is parked on a major street, move it (if possible) to a side street," said the city's website. "This will help city staff in plowing major arterial streets more efficiently."
For more tips on dealing with snowfall and information about the City of New Westminster's snow response program, visit www.newwestcity.ca.
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