In the winter months, icy and wet conditions can turn footpaths and driveways into accident blackspots. There is less daylight, fallen leaves and cold weather spells which can cause slippery and icy surfaces. There is however, a couple of effective actions you can take to reduce the risk of injury from a slip or fall.
When the clocks go back on the 29th October, it is not uncommon to be leaving for work and returning home in the dark. The lack of daylight can make driveways and paths increasingly dangerous – especially if they are uneven. It is recommended to keep a torch in your car or on your person to use in poor visibility and fading light.
Wet and Decaying Leaves
Fallen leaves that are wet or decaying can create slip risks in two ways, they can hide hazards that may be on the path/driveway, or they themselves create a slip risk. It is recommended that you sweep up fresh leaves which have fallen throughout autumn, before they become wet and start to decay.
Ice, Frost or Snow
Ice and snowy conditions can turn any driveway or path into an accident-prone location. It is important to monitor changing weather conditions, so you aware when extra precaution is required. Remember to wear walking boots or shoes with good grip, and consider investing in rock salt (grit) to melt ice and snow from surfaces.
EcoDeck as a Permanent Solution
EcoDeck offer 100% recycled plastic drive and pathway grids, which provides a stable gravel surface – preventing slips and trips in the winter months. Their low-cost solution is completely eco-friendly and is S.U.D.S. (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) compliant, meaning water drains through like a sieve and flows naturally into the water table.
For more information about EcoDeck, visit our driveway grids page.