Large snow piles are aggravating to deal with. Whether it’s one big snowstorm or a few little ones in a row, those piles can get higher and higher to the point that it’s only taking up a considerable amount of space. Plus, it can be a danger to those around them. In this blog, we wanted to discuss why having these large snow piles are a risk and how we try to avoid them.

Why are they such a risk?

  • Kids Playing: There are so many reasons to love winter. You have snow days, snowball fights, building snowmen, etc. Kids also see those huge piles of snow as a new climbing feature that they don’t see in the summertime. This can be dangerous for several reasons.
    • The kids might slip on the snow and slip down causing themselves injury.
snow plowed up in parking lot
    • It’s difficult to see around the piles and a child could slide right in front of a car.
    • The piles have air pockets. Even the weight of a child could be enough to sink in. If the child falls into a hole inside the pile the snow will trap them in causing hypothermia or suffocation.
  • Pile Placement: Sometimes it can be difficult trying to figure out where to put the pile. Businesses with large parking lots can have them in a back corner that people don’t use, but smaller parking lots don’t have that luxury. Snow piles could block the flow of traffic, fire hydrants, stop signs, and even make it difficult to see other vehicles.
  • Refreezing: Throughout the day it might get warm enough to start melting the snow down. This is great because it gets rid of it naturally. However, the issue you’re going to run into is that melted snow will turn into a sheet of ice along the road, driveways, and sidewalks overnight.

How do we avoid creating them?

At True North Ventures, each client we serve is our top priority. We discuss with you the best areas to put the snow. Our strategy, if we have the space, is to do several smaller piles that do not interfere with the activity of the parking lot instead of one large pile. If the pile does become too high whether it’s from one storm or several in a row, we can discuss the process of having them removed from the property.