Bylaws related to snow and ice
The City enforces bylaws related to snow and ice control on sidewalks. It is your responsibility to remove all snow and ice from sidewalks and pathways in front of or on the side of your property. Sidewalks and pathway surfaces should be bare and completely clear of snow and ice.
Keeping sidewalks shoveled, ice-free and safe can be very challenging for older adults and other Calgarians who have limited mobility. Snow Angels is a campaign that encourages Calgarians to help neighbours in need with snow removal.
Safe snow shoveling techniques
- Space your hands on the shovel to increase leverage.
- Stand with you feet apart, knees bent and back straight.
- Place your front foot close to the shovel.
- Put weight on your front foot. Step forward and use your legs to load a small amount of snow onto the shovel. Remember the wetter the snow, the heavier it is.
- Lift with your legs; do not bend at the waist.
- Keep the shovel close to your body.
- Walk to where you want to dump the snow. Turn your feet in the direction you are throwing the snow. Do not twist the waist.
- Pace yourself. Take appropriate rest breaks.
- Apply road salt/de-icer wherever necessary.