Clear you sidwalks

dmandy's picture

I am always surprised by how many people don't clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. yesterday, as I was walking to my father's, I noticed that at least 7 sidewalks on the south side of the 2400 block Sargent were icy. So folks, please remember that if you live there it's your responsiblity.

Donna Marie

dan's picture

I think this is not only an

I think this is not only an important reminder, but an important education item.

Lots of folks who move here and have not lived in the city before may not be aware of these rules. Others may have moved here from areas where the rules aren't taken seriously.

codergrrl's picture

Thank you, thank you, thank

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I walk everywhere. I know it didn't seem like an awful lot of snow the other day, but it did leave a coating, and the temperatures were such that it didn't get a chance to melt...I walked in the street, as it was safer than the pavements. I never ceases to amaze me, but Dan may be correct, with people unfamiliar with city life.
Unfortunately, it only takes one person, to slip, get injured and sue you, and you will become painfully aware. And in this day and age, I would not put it past someone who may have a preexisting injury, to decide they're gonna make a couple of bucks on the back of your homeowners insurance company. Please take the time to shovel, sweep, or salt when the snow comes.
If I go down, I'm going down hard, and at my age, might not be getting back up.
I'd lose my mind if I was housebound with a broken leg etc.

kdubs215's picture

People will care if someone

People will care if someone falls on thier pavement and sues the crap out of them . As i walk during my recovery i see people not taken care of thier properties big time . One block of thompson i wont walk down because of the cracked and ripped up pavements .

MichelleLynn's picture

My husband was just

My husband was just complaining about this yesterday

Magus667's picture

it's the ice that gets you,

it's the ice that gets you, really.
evil stuff....

Pure_Fishtown's picture

And, another

And, another reminder:

Remember your senior neighbors. If you are young and healthy, take a few minutes and shovel a path and do your neighbor's steps.

I was raised here and whenever it snowed, Mom and I would do our pavement, steps and several of our older neighbors. After that was done, we would put coal ashes down.

Another thing to remember, don't put the snow in the curb; this will prevent the melting snow from reaching the sewer and cause it to freeze under your car or even find its way into your basement. Water needs to go somewhere and all it needs is a little hole.

stillLife's picture

Where do you reccommend

Where do you reccommend shoveling the snow to? I am not being sacarstic.

I usually shovel it up to the front of my house, but then that's another place where the water could find it's way in. At the curb, when it melts it should travel down to the sewer, no?

dmandy's picture

I think Pure Fishtown meant

I think Pure Fishtown meant to not put the snow in the street. If you shovel the snow just to the end of your sidewalk you should be ok.

Donna Marie

Ftown66's picture

I believe the law is that

I believe the law is that you must create a pathway. Thats very simple. Make sure you salt it to keep it clean. You don't have to do the whole pavement.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

funny that this intersection

funny that this intersection has been complained about before because of the bodega on the corner, but has anyone walked on the southside sidewalk on Firth Street just west of Sepviva. it's like an ice skating rink! I don't even know where all that water came from (it's not like it's snow that eventually froze or anything of that nature) but there is an entire sheet of ice about 12 feet squared!

jmminarik's picture

Ftown66 wrote:I believe the

Ftown66 wrote:

I believe the law is that you must create a pathway. Thats very simple. Make sure you salt it to keep it clean. You don't have to do the whole pavement.

I believe the path has to be 36" wide.

codergrrl's picture

After a while, you get to

After a while, you get to know how the ice will lay.
At this time of the year streets that run like Girard Avenue, always have ice on the river side, because the sun doesn't get to it. But streets that run like Montgomery Avenue, usually get melted because of the angle of the sun.

frankdatank's picture

Did anyone really expect the

Did anyone really expect the drug dealers at Sepviva and Firth to clear their sidewalks?

Carlucci's picture

Icy sidewalks =

Icy sidewalks = http://www.whocanisue.com

Joking! Seriously, that would be lame...My feel on this is that some people are just hoping that the OTHER kind neighbors will just gladly shovel and salt their sidewalks...This happens all the time...Not to mention they're just McLazy. Ba-da-da-dahh-da!

dan's picture

frankdatank wrote:Did anyone

frankdatank wrote:

Did anyone really expect the drug dealers at Sepviva and Firth to clear their sidewalks?

Speaking of which, our trash can disappeared last week. So, we decided to drive slowly around blocks near our house last night to see if we could spy it on the curb somewhere. We didn't. But on a few different corners there were groups of young men hanging out, and as we drove by their corner slowly, one of them would walk over to our car to "greet" us. Just being friendly, I'm sure. (In one case I did know the group, but in the others I didn't.)

rtsaidred's picture

Carlucci wrote:Icy sidewalks

Carlucci wrote:

Icy sidewalks = http://www.whocanisue.com

Joking! Seriously, that would be lame...My feel on this is that some people are just hoping that the OTHER kind neighbors will just gladly shovel and salt their sidewalks...This happens all the time...Not to mention they're just McLazy. Ba-da-da-dahh-da!

My neighbors and I take turns shoveling. If I'm out there first, I'll do my pavement and a few of my nieghbors on each side. The times that I came from work and found my sidewalk shoveled were some of my favorite days. I love good neighbors.

teener's picture

I don't get shovel snow

I don't get shovel snow unless I have to. But I do put salt out for myself and everyone on my side of the street (minus the vacant/slum lord house/with new renters that are evil and mean and haven't been there in days anyway because they don't have a heater because they rent from a slumlord) and I put salt on the neighbors steps across the street because he is old and already broke his hip.

If I had enough salt I would put it everyone on our street...but at least this time I got all our steps, sidewalk, and in front of Pop's Dog Space. go me.

Seriously though- salt, shoveling, whatever....take the time to help out your neighbors whenever you can. Everything you do that is positive rewards everyone including yourself and makes for a better place to live.

xo

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

teener wrote: If I had

teener wrote:

If I had enough salt I would put it everyone on our street...but at least this time I got all our steps, sidewalk, and in front of Pop's Dog Space. go me.

I know that sometimes salting is a necessary evil but remember that rock salt is not so kind to puppies paws.

teener's picture

your totally right, but it

your totally right, but it is easy to sweep up. ;)

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You wrote:
teener wrote:

If I had enough salt I would put it everyone on our street...but at least this time I got all our steps, sidewalk, and in front of Pop's Dog Space. go me.

I know that sometimes salting is a necessary evil but remember that rock salt is not so kind to puppies paws.

Check it out- Pops Playground has a website @ http://www.popsplayground.org

Ftown66's picture

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rot

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You wrote:
teener wrote:

If I had enough salt I would put it everyone on our street...but at least this time I got all our steps, sidewalk, and in front of Pop's Dog Space. go me.

I know that sometimes salting is a necessary evil but remember that rock salt is not so kind to puppies paws.

I use calcium chorlide pellets. Not jaggedy like salt.

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

Ftown66 wrote: I use

Ftown66 wrote:

I use calcium chorlide pellets. Not jaggedy like salt.

it's not a question of the ice-melting substance that you use being jagged. calcium chloride is a toxic chemical. it gets stuck to the animals paws, and then they lick their paws, ingesting the toxic chemical. both are very dangerous to animals that walk on "treated" sidewalks/streets. just saying.

kdigi's picture

Amen to this. Please use

Amen to this. Please use sand people! Or dog friendly specific deicer.

During the snow I had to make it a special point to walk on snowy/icy sidewalks, or the road to avoid paw burning salt.

teener's picture

I made sure to check that

I made sure to check that rhe product I used was safe around pets and children, but I know that doesn't always make it so. I have no problem shoveling next time. I get it.