What to do in icy conditions

During the winter, the Municipality of The Hague is on standby 24 hours a day to deal with icy conditions. This way the city remains accessible as well as possible. Read what you can also do.

The municipality works to minimise icy conditions on a fixed network of roads and cycle paths. You can help to minimise the problems caused by ice. Companies are responsible for keeping their own premises clear of snow and ice.

The Municipality of The Hague will decide to sand the city's streets on the basis of weather information, police alerts and its own observation. This information will be communicated (in Dutch) on @GemeenteDenHaag and on www.denhaag.nl/gladheid.

Sanding routes and sanding salt

Take a look at the sanding routes and the locations for picking up sanding salt on the map.

Sanding routes on the map

Tips for home and at work

  • Make sure you have sanding salt, a snow shovel and a broom. Residents and
    businesses in The Hague can pick up small amounts of sanding salt for
    free at the 3 garbage and recycling stations, city farms and district offices. Bring a sturdy bag or bucket with you. Unfortunately the municipality is unable to respond to individual sanding requests.
  • Sweep fresh snow to a spot where it will not be in anyone’s way. Then use sanding salt or another ice melt product.
  • Ice melt products can only be used to melt snow and ice. You cannot use them as a preventive measure.
  • Sanding hard ice patches minimises slippery conditions and is environmentally friendly.
  • Do not sweep snow into gutters and drains.
  • Do not use sanding salt close to trees.
  • Do not use too much sanding salt; it is better for the environment and it works better this way.
  • Use sanding salt in spots where people will be walking or driving.
  • Do you live in a flat or apartment building? Talk to your neighbours about working together to keep the area clear of snow and ice.
  • Wear gloves when you use sanding salt and ice melt products.

Tips for on the go

  • Check the weather forecast.
  • Before you set off, check the sanding routes in The Hague. This way you will know which routes are less likely to be slippery.
  • Keep an eye on travel information updates for public transport.
  • Slow down in traffic.
  • Cycling on slippery roads and paths is easier if you let a little bit of air out of the tires. More tips about cycling safely in icy conditions can be found on Fietsersbond Haagse Regio.
  • Are you on foot? Wear shoes with soles that give you grip or wear ice grips or metal snow shoes under your shoes.


Parked cars can make it difficult for sanding trucks to do their job properly. This is particularly true in narrow streets. Not only do sanding trucks need to be able to operate their route, but household waste also needs to be collected as usual.

You can help by parking your car as much as possible to the side of the road (but not on the sidewalk) and not at intersections. Obviously, you may park your car only where it is permitted.

Public transportation

Are you travelling by public transportation? Check the current travel information at:

Sanding policy

Read more about the Municipality of The Hague's sanding policy (in Dutch):

Beleid gladheidsbestrijding (PDF, 602 kB)

Published: 7 November 2016Modified: 6 August 2019