Snow clearing tips for your sidewalk and driveway

Download or print PDF file for sidewalk clearing tips

Download the Sidewalk Clearing Tips. 

For more 'snow how' tips, read the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo's winter brochure.

image of person thinking about ideaUse salt wisely.

  • Chloride impacts water. Salt and many de-icers, including environmentally friendly products, contain chloride.

  • Salt works best between 0 and -10 Celsius. 

  • A little salt goes a long way. In many cases, about one tablespoon of salt for a one-metre square area is all you need

image of shovel pushing snowShovel or plow the snow first.

  • Clear the snow as soon as you can so a snowy sidewalk doesn't become an icy one

  • Don't use salt or de-icers to melt snow

  • Store unsalted snow where it won't melt on to paved areas

  • Don't shovel snow onto the road to comply with local bylaws

image of containerTreat icy patches only.

  • Improve public safety from slips and falls. Manage where rain water and snow melt drains to reduce the risk of water freezing on paved surfaces.

  • Sprinkle salt or de-icer on icy areas only and give it time to work before clearing ice

  • Remove ice with a steel ice chopper

  • Follow salt or de-icer directions for working temperature and application rate

  • Create traction with non-clumping kitty litter or sand to reduce the potential to slip


Curb the salt. Salt impacts our water. We all have a role to play.