Edinburgh Snow Code: Essential advice for next spell of bad weather

The City of Edinburgh Council is encouraging residents to follow its 'Edinburgh Snow Code' as part of preparations for the next spell of bad weather forecast for later this week.

While the Council continues its efforts to keep the city moving and clear the worst snow seen in the city for 50 years, the Edinburgh Snow Code asks people to:

* keep checking on frail, disabled or elderly neighbours and offer any help they may need

* avoid parking cars where they may block traffic, especially buses, gritters and emergency vehicles

* clear the pavement outside their home or business after a snowfall, as soon as possible, where they are able

* follow police advice on whether or not to travel

* check where their stop-cock is in case of frozen pipes when the thaw comes

* be prepared for flooding and follow flood alerts from SEPA.

Councillor Robert Aldridge said: "Many residents, supported by Council staff and contractors, have made exceptional efforts to deal with the snow. We are still working hard and are well prepared for further bad weather. But we also need to ensure advice and assistance are available to encourage even more people to play their part."

The Council is supporting local efforts by creating 'grit dumps' so communities can treat their pavements. Also, traffic wardens are working with the police to identify and remove vehicles which are obstructing traffic.

Anyone who is concerned about someone who they feel should be getting assistance can contact the social care direct team at the Council on 0131 200 2324, and staff there will arrange appropriate follow up. In the evenings and weekend contact can be made with the out of hours service at 0800 731 6969.

Snow clearing

Government advice on snow clearing is "There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. Follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice safely." The snow code is available here.

Flooding

Flood alerts and advice on how to be prepared for flooding are available from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency here.

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