The white stuff has arrived.
And with it comes a major impediment to the mobility of many.
Heavy snow can be difficult and even impossible for some to shovel. Icy streets and sidewalks can be treacherous for some pedestrians. Thick snowbanks can become impassable for those with walkers or other mobility aids.
While the city crews work hard trying to keep roads clear, with 400 kilometres of asphalt, clearing can be a challenge. Salmon Arm is also one of a dwindling few municipalities who plows sidewalks for public use, but this comes as a lower priority than the street plowing program.
This is where a little neighbourly action can come in. If you know of someone who is having trouble with clearing their snow, nothing says kindness like helping them clear some of the white stuff out of their driveway. The added exercise and fresh air don’t hurt either.
Business owners can help by making sure access to their establishments are kept clear and ensure that snowbanks don’t become major impediments. Others could simply take action by offering a steadying hand to an unstable senior or a little help lifting a stroller or walker over a curb.
With a little help, winter’s a lot brighter for everyone.