PREPARING FOR THE FORTHCOMING WINTER WEATHER

The Met Office have predicted that the UK will be entering the ‘Big Freeze’ any time soon and this is anticipated to last well into early 2017.

Rock-Salt Pre pack

Winter weather can lead to very dangerous conditions for both drivers and pedestrians. Slippery roads can lead to skidding and collisions and icy footpaths can cause slips and falls. Even a light dusting of snow can be dangerous. In fact, most accidents occur during minor snow falls and ice build ups as drivers and pedestrians can be caught off guard and misjudge the severity of the conditions.

Drivers may purchase winter tyres and follow safety procedures to prepare them for hazardous conditions, but even the most careful of drivers could fall victim to an accident in the snow.

Rock Salt  is a coarse grit used to de-ice roads, footpaths and driveways. Rock Salt lowers the freezing point of the moisture in snow and ice to help it melt quickly. This means that roads and footpaths will be safer to use as the hazard will be removed sooner than if the ice was left to melt naturally.

People often see local authority salt grit trucks on the roads before the snow has even fallen, but it is beneficial for the salt to be in place before the freezing has taken place. This is because Rock Salt that has been previously crushed by traffic is much more effective at clearing ice and snow.

Using Rock Salt on driveways and paths can significantly decrease the risk of injury caused by slipping and falling on the ice. As driveways are used frequently throughout the day, it is important that they are safe for both walking on and driving to and from the home. De-icing a driveway is particularly important if the driveway is on an slope, as this can be extremely hazardous. Once the salt is applied, the ice should start to melt away quickly and effectively, leaving the driveway in a safer condition.

Brown Rock Salt  is mostly used on the roads and motorways, whereas White Rock Salt  is preferred by businesses and public services. It is seen as a 'cleaner' alternative to Brown Rock Salt as it does not leave residue that can be caused by the use of Brown Rock Salt. However, Brown Rock Salt is drier than the white alternative and so spreads more easily. It also has a much smaller carbon footprint than White Salt. As Rock Salt freezes at a temperature of around minus seven degrees, it should be stored in an appropriate place such as a grit bin or a sealed bag.  We can supply both Brown and White Rock Salt in either large Bulk Bags (approx 850kg) or more manageable 20kg bags (minimum order of 14).  Our convenient  delivery options include a fast Next Day delivery.

Both drivers and pedestrians should follow the Highway Code and pay particular attention to safety advice when travelling in icy conditions. Children and elderly people may need additional assistance to ensure that they are safe and avoid accidents during the winter months. Attention should be paid to weather warnings and if possible journeys should be avoided when roads and footpaths are icy.