Snowfighters

As a professional snowfighter, you are on the front lines in the war on snow and ice, battling the unpredictability of wintry weather to keep roads open and safe for motorists. The work you do not only prevents injuries and deaths, it keeps the economy moving. Thank you!

You do your job and do it well, but here are seven suggestions to communicate your passion for safe winter roads to others:

  1. Persuade public officials to fully fund essential winter road maintenance — including the advance purchase and safe storage of road salt — by pointing out the risks to safety, the local economy and reelection.
  2. Remind elected officials, with cautionary examples from other communities, that voters expect cleared, open and safe winter roads, even when snowstorms hit areas outside the historical snow belt.
  3. Show local media, elected officials and civic groups how you practice “sensible salting” and other environmentally sensitive practices that do not compromise on safety.
  4. The Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Handbook takes winter maintenance to a new level. It is a tool that can be used to provide excellent customer service, while protecting the environment.
  5. The Safe and Sustainable Salt Storage Handbook is an excellent source for information about the need for salt storage, how to make a practical plan and creating a structure and a program.
  6. Apply for the Salt Institute’s annual Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award and display it proudly if you are honored.
  7. Share resources on this site, especially The Roadway Safety Foundation’s Clear Winter Roads brochure.
  8. Stay informed and interact with others who share your passion. “Like” Safe Winter Roads on Facebook. “Follow” Safe Winter Roads on Twitter.
  9. Subscribe to the Salt Institute’s Salt and Deicing newsletter.
  10. Join the American Public Works Association and attend its annual snowfighters conference.
Helpful pages for snowfighters on this site

How road salt works
Anti-icing, applying salt before snow falls and ice forms.
ROAD SALT AND THE ENVIRONMENT FACT SHEET
SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE SNOWFIGHTING HANDBOOK
SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE SALT STORAGE HANDBOOK
SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE SNOWFIGHTING AWARD
Environmental Road Salt Application
Minimizing the Environmental Impacts of Deicing
Deicing and the Environment

Other resources

Federal Highway Administration data and index on snow and ice
American Public Works Association resources on winter maintenance
Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Association

Articles

Big Snow Storms Can Make Or Break Politicians (NPR transcript, audio)
Snow & Politics: A volatile mix (Chicago Examiner)
Nationwide snowstorms wreak havoc for businesses, economy
Mayors Grow Attuned to the Politics of Snow Removal (New York Times)
Politicians’ reputations can be buried by snowstorms (Washington Post)
Bloomberg Takes Blame for Response to Snowstorm (New York Times)

Video

The Salt Guru: Coping with Winter (Salt Institute)
Salt of the Earth: A Winter Weather Staple (CBS)
How the pros fight snow in Syracuse, N.Y (Highway Users Alliance)
Thumbs up to Frederick County, Md., snow and ice removal crews (Highway Users Alliance)
Cars sliding on ice like hockey pucks in Seattle (YouTube)
Cars, bicycles, pedestrians, wiping out on ice in the Netherlands (YouTube, forward to :52 for action to start)
“Ice Storm Insanity” slideshow(YouTube)