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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Reminders for Snow Removal and Snow Plow Safety

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With each snowstorm that blows into the city comes the need for snow removal. Please follow these common snow removal practices to help keep all of us a little safer this winter. The following ordinances related to snow removal are effective November 1 – March 15.

  •  Do not blow or shovel snow onto the streets. (Ordinance 7-2-8A)

 Blocking the streets with snow can freeze and cause accidents, and it is also against the law. Be sure snow plow spouts are aimed to blow snow back onto personal property instead of onto the street. It is understandable that the snowplows push snow from the road into a wind row at driveways. Residents are responsible for sidewalk snow removal and that should happen within 12 hours after a storm starts.

  • Move vehicles off of the street during snowstorms. (Ordinance 10-5-21A)

 If a vehicle is left on the street, snowplows cannot clear the street properly. Keep vehicles off the street to help eliminate accidental damage from other cars that may lose control on slick roads.

  • Clear the snow around fire hydrants. (International Fire Code Section 508.5.5) 

Be aware of any fire hydrants in front of a home and be sure to clear the snow around it so it is accessible to the fire department at all times. Assistance to get a fire hydrant cleared can be requested by calling: 801-629-8074

  • Keep a safe distance between your car and the snowplow. 

Snowplows can slide on ice and snow too, so it’s smart to keep a safe distance between the plow and your vehicle. Snowplow drivers follow many procedures to keep everyone safe, and just as much caution from other cars on the road is appreciated.  

If there are any questions or concerns with the current snowplow or snow removal ordinances, more information can be found by contacting Ogden City Public Service Operations department at: 801-629-8271

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