Government Snow Code

Government Snow Code

There is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It is unlikely you will be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. Follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice safely. The snow code – tips on clearing snow and ice from pavements or public spaces Prevent slips Pay extra attention to clear snow and ice from steps and steep pathways – you might need to use more salt on these areas. When clearing snow and ice yourself, be careful – do not make the pathways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. But do not be put off clearing paths because you are afraid someone will get injured. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have responsibility to be careful themselves. Follow the advice below to make sure you clear the pathway safely and effectively. Clear the snow or ice early in the day It is easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. When possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning; any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight. Use salt or sand – not water If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible...
Nights drawing in, temperatures falling, storms brewing…WINTER is on its way! Are you prepared?

Nights drawing in, temperatures falling, storms brewing…WINTER is on its way! Are you prepared?

Dear Customer, After four consecutive cold winters and predictions for more snow and ice this year, being prepared is the key to managing difficult conditions. Whatever your circumstances, your ability to spread snow and ice control products can make all the difference. Whether spreading coarse road rock salt, fine processed ice melt granules or liquid ice melt, here at KGM Ltd we can supply a range of cost effective materials and equipment that will help you or your organisation cope efficiently. What materials should you use for the effective ice and snow control? Grit A sandy texture with no ice or snow melting properties – useful for creating traction in established snow and ice conditions. Very difficult to spread with any pedestrian spreader due to high moisture content and texture. Spread-ability: Poor to Average when dry. Road Salt Grit like in appearance but it is not “grit” due to its high percentage salt content. Salt works by lowering the freezing point of surface moisture and needs a catalyst, such as friction, to dissolve into a solution to be effective. Is less effective below -5°C and has virtually no effect below -10°C. Leaves a brown residue behind. Spread-ability: Good when dry.   Processed Salts White de-icing salt is of higher purity and does not contain a high percentage of insoluble impurities that create a muddy sludge associated with road salt and grit, leaving little or no residue on the ground. Spread-ability: Very good when dry.   Industrial Vacuum Salt & Pure Dried Vacuum Salt More heavily processed for a finer granule this is ideal for clearing artificial sports surfaces. The finer...
Lawn Care Calendar

Lawn Care Calendar

January: With winter set in, hard frosts and wet weather, avoid walking on your lawn. If the ground is not frozen or waterlogged then remove leaves with a rake or blower. Also remove any heavier debris such as twigs etc. A great time to book your lawnmower in for an annual service, there are usually special deals on and faster turnaround times at this time of the year. Beat the summer rush. February: If there is still frost, frozen ground or a waterlogged lawn then keep off it. Only when weather is better should you remove the worm casts by brushing with a broom and remove leaves etc with a rake or leaf blower. March: Time to get busy. Temperatures should usually be high enough to mean there is significant grass growth occurring. Before you start cutting the lawn you should rake it with a spring tine rake which will ensure the grass “sits up” for your lawnmower. Do not cut your grass to short, adjust your mower setting for the cutting height so that just the tips of your grass are removed. You should only need to mow the lawn about twice during March. Trim the lawn edges and around any other items using a grass trimmer. Repair any damage to lawn edges. At the end of March it is time to scarify your lawn using a lawn Scarifier or spring tine rake. This removes the dead grass or thatch. If you have a build up of moss in your lawn it is important you kill the moss before scarifying, if you do not do this then you...
Compact Tractor Winter Care Tips

Compact Tractor Winter Care Tips

Your Compact Tractor is a long-term investment. It is a vehicle and piece of kit that can stay with you and support your profession for many, many years. It is vitally important therefore that you care for your Compact Tractor, to ensure it works at its fullest potential for its entire lifespan. The sheer amount of jobs that it can perform means that the Compact Tractor could be used extensively for a long time. Here are some helpful tips to care for your Compact Tractor this winter. Keep it Covered Investing in a fitted cover for your Compact Tractor will protect it from extended periods of snow fall and wet conditions. If you do not leave the vehicle in a well-insulated, air tight environment, this is particularly important. Exposing the exterior to cold conditions can have a strong, negative effect on the interior. The engine and the battery can suffer from prolonged exposure to colder climes. The average Compact Tractor battery will only be able to work at 46% capacity when the temperature is at freezing. Ensure that the battery is always working at its fullest capacity to ensure that it will not run out during an important job.   Give it a Spin Neglecting a Compact Tractor for a prolonged period in colder climes may cause it to lose efficiency. Giving it a run out from time to time will keep the engine warm and the battery running. If there are any small jobs that need to be done during the winter months, do not hesitate to use the Compact Tractor. The Compact Tractor can be used for...
Aspen Fuel – Our Guide

Aspen Fuel – Our Guide

We are now distributors for Aspen Fuels, we reccomend their products beacause of the many advantages Aspen Fuels have over regular petrol. Here is a few reasons we advise you to switch to Aspen Fuels. Conventional petrol deteriorates quickly, becoming stale after only 30 days; this can cause starting problems and lack of power. Petrol older than 6 months can cause internal damage to fuel systems, resulting in costly repairs. Aspen fuel is “stable” and will last for 5 years without deteriorating or losing performance. It will not cause any damage to fuel systems. Use of Aspen will also result in a longer life for your machine and a more pleasant working environment for the operator, due to the absence of harmful fumes from the exhaust. Aspen 2T (for 2 stroke engines) benefits from being pre-mixed with 2 stroke oil, eliminating costly mistakes from incorrect mixing at home. Both Aspen 2T and 4T can be purchased from out sales/parts showroom in 5 litre cans, for more information please contact us. PLEASE NOTE: If your machine has been into a service with us recently, your machine has been returned to you with Aspen fuel in its tank to ensure that it will start easily, even after extended storage. We strongly suggest that you continue to use Aspen fuel, but if you wish to revert to standard “pump” petrol, please ensure that you use only fresh petrol, preferably treated with fuel stabiliser. Please dispose of any “pump” petrol more than 3 months old in a safe manner. Problems caused by the addition of stale or contaminated fuel, even straight after a...