Posted on October 22nd, 2021
The Town of Edson Protective Services Department wants to remind residents about the importance of shovelling snow during the winter months.
Snow and ice covered sidewalks are the number one cause of winter injuries in Canada, accounting for nearly 9,000 hospitalizations according to 2017 statistics from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Falls are the No. 1 reason for injury-related death, hospitalization and emergency department visits for older adults in Canada. Falls among older adults cost $5.6 billion in 2018 – nearly 20 per cent of the total cost of injury in Canada
To combat this problem, residents are responsible for clearing the entire width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement, no more than 48 hours after a snowfall, as per the Community Standards Bylaw. Sand and/or salt need to be applied to sidewalks immediately after a freeze-thaw cycle.
Please do not shovel snow onto streets since it can contribute to unsafe road conditions, impedes storm water flow, and can delay street clearing. Also, do not shovel snow onto neighbouring properties.
Those who do not comply with the Community Standards could face a fine of $150 and could be charged with clean up costs, as well.
If you have a concern about an uncleared sidewalk, call (780)723-3178 or use the Town of Edson Mobile App’s Report-a-Problem feature.