The UK seemed to be obsessed with grit for the past week, it?s diminishing supplies, and how the roads would get gritted, but there was no mention of grit for pavements, which I believe proved to be even more treacherous for many people, so shouldn?t our pavements be getting gritted too?
I?ve had to put my wellies on for trips outside, which not only keep my feet dry but which also have very good grip, but what about those who are less confident on their feet such as the elderly or infirm?
On one of my trips to see my Mum last week (along with food supplies) she commented that in the past residents would?ve been out there shovelling the snow from the front of their houses but that didn?t seem to happen anymore and I guess she was right. Perhaps we should all be taking a bit more responsibility? Yes I know we pay our council tax for matters exactly like this, but we should also have a social responsibility to make our streets safer if we know that the authorities are unable too.
I suppose this is indicative of the way we live now where we don?t know our neighbours that well, where community has been removed, and where our number one focus is on ourselves and as long as we?re okay then that?s all we need to worry about. Is that me being pessimistic?
Update: Apparently you could end up getting sued if you don?t do a good job and so people are being warned not to clear snow. If you do nothing you cannot be liable. If you do something, you could be liable to a legal action. :
Health and safety experts warn: don?t clear icy pavements, you could get sued (Daily Telegraph 9/1/10)
Update 2: IOSH urges businesses and communities to do the right thing by clearing snow and ice and were misquoted by the Telegraph and Mail on Sunday. Blog article here.