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In many parts of the country, winter just doesn't feel like winter until that first snowfall. Trees blanketed in white, snowmen, and icicles all lend to a picturesque winter landscape. But a less romantic reality hits when you and your family have to brave icy walkways or roads to get to your destination. The following tips can assist with safely navigating potentially treacherous ice in your path.
After shoveling excess snow from walkways or driveways, the most common practice for removing remaining ice and preventing dangerous ice slicks is to spread salt on the pathway. Snow salt, or rock salt, is recommended and works well. Magnesium chloride deicer works in a similar way, acting as a catalyst to melt ice. However, salt can be hard on the environment, affecting nearby plants, damaging concrete over time, irritating pet paws, and marring carpets and floors if tracked indoors. Following are a few relatively inexpensive, more eco-friendly alternatives to increase traction on icy pathways:
To further protect yourself from slip-and-fall injury, practice caution, pay attention to the ground around you, and wear shoes with good traction/grip in the soles. You can even purchase attachments to place over your shoes, such asYakTrax® ice traction devices.
Ice is also a concern away from home, and property managers and corporate safety/security directors take ice safety very seriously. Inform security officers or security services staff of any identified ice dangers so that security solutions can be implemented before any injuries occur.
Avoid driving on ice if possible, especially at night and/or during a snowfall. If you must drive in icy conditions, be extremely cautious, keep your headlights on for improved visibility, and be aware of obstacles around you and of the capabilities of your own vehicle. If you anticipate driving through challenging conditions, it is a good idea to practice winter driving skills in an empty parking lot to get to know your vehicle response better and to hone your personal response skills. Keep the following tips in mind for increased safety.
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