Winter Safety Tips For Your Asphalt Pavements

4
Feb

Among many other things that we could do without, winter brings the extremely chilly weather. If you are not well prepared for this season, the winter chill can be quite problematic. There are many things that you should do before winter comes. You should prepare your house before winter kicks in to ensure that all the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and any other critical systems are in good working condition. The swimming pool should be drained, closed, and covered before winter. You should also have adequate supplies in your house incase the snowfall is too heavy and the roads become impassable. These are all important measures to ensure your safety and comfort during the harsh winter season. But many people tend to forget some of their most important outdoor installations during the winter season. These include the pavements, parking lots, driveways, curbs, and other surfaces that we walk or drive on. Sometimes we assume that these surfaces are too tough for winter. And while this is partly true, these outdoor roadways and pavements also require proper care and maintenance during winter. But today we are not even concerned about their care and maintenance; we are all about your own safety when using these pavements during winter. Here are a few safety tips for your asphalt pavements during the winter season.

Regular De-Icing

To avoid those super common slip-and-fall accidents on your slippery snow-covered asphalt pavements, ensure that you de-ice them before the snow accumulates. Make a point of removing the snow as soon as possible to avoid snow accumulation. You can use a shovel or a snow blower to remove the snow from your asphalt pavements. This will ensure that you do not slip and fall while walking on them. You can also use various de-icing chemicals to melt the ice on your driveway or parking lot. Remember that even your car can skid and roll on the slippery surfaces. Immediate ice removal and regular de-icing is important to ensure safety on your asphalt pavements during the winter season.

Timely Repairs

Anderson asphalt stripingThis safety measure should actually be implemented before the winter season starts. But if you are late to do so or if some new damages occur during winter, always repair asphalt pavements as soon as possible. There should be no cracks, potholes, or any other faults on your asphalt pavements during the winter season. These are very serious problems that can cause very serious accidents while walking or driving on the snow-covered pavements. Your vehicle can skid as you try to avoid a pothole. You can also cause a collision while trying to avoid a damaged asphalt pavement. During winter, all Greenville parking lots and driveways should be repaired immediately for safety reasons.

Install Safety Signs

You should also identify high-risk areas in your compound and place safety signs to warn people about any potential accidents or incidents. Snowfall during winter causes visibility problems. This means that some people will not be able to see some risky areas on your pavements or driveway. Erect safety signs to warn people about such areas.

Enhanced Traction

It’s also advisable to apply any other viable solutions to enhance the traction on your asphalt pavements. For instance, you can install slip-resistant outdoor floor mats to increase traction on your slippery pavements. You can even use locally available materials like sand, wood chips, or gravel to enhance traction on your pavements.