How to use grit

  • use a snow shovel to clear new snow before putting down grit
  • do it early in the day - it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow
  • don’t use water - it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • store your grit in a shed or garage, keep it off the ground and covered (to avoid salt seepage)
  • if the grit is kept covered and dry it will last for several years
  • use the grit sparingly to clear paths, pavements, roads and steps outside the front of your home if they are covered in snow or ice
  • grit won't melt snow and ice on its own - it relies on a chemical reaction which is triggered when walked or driven on
  • heavy traffic and footfall means the grit will last about 6 hours and may then need recovering
  • whilst the salt may disappear, the grit will remain for longer and still be effective
  • don't put grit down the drain - it may clog and cause blockages
  • if you don’t have any grit or salt, try using ash or sand - it will provide grip underfoot

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