When blizzards strike, most of us turn to chemicals to melt the ice. While this makes our lives safer and less slippery, chemical de-icers may pose a hazard to our furry friends. When the salt is then washed into rivers and lakes, it can destroy habitats for plants and animals alike.
Some simple solutions to a slick sidewalk:
- Shovel. Get rid of the snow before it can accumulate. Even if you plan on using a de-icer, it is often more efficient with less snow in the way.
- Collect the sand. If you plan on using sand for traction, make sure you clean it up afterwards. Otherwise, it could wash into rivers and lakes, skewing the balanced habitats.
- Anti-icing. Apply the de-icing agent in advance to prevent ice from building up.