Don’t slip up: Ice melt basics

The what, when and how for keeping walkways safe

Did you know that more than 42,000 workers in Canada get injured annually due to falls? Winter isn’t going anywhere, so it’s important to take preventative action to reduce the risk of slips and falls. Investing in ice melt is one of the best ways to keep your facility, employees and visitors safe.

How it Works

Ice melt breaks the bond between snow or ice and the surface it’s on. The way it does that varies, depending on the type of product:

  • Endothermic ice melt lowers the freezing point of the surface area (e.g., Rock Salt, Potassium Chloride, Urea)
  • Exothermic ice melt: Reacts with the moisture in the snow/ice to create heat (e.g. Magnesium Chloride)

Getting the Most Out of Ice Melt

Knowing how and when to use ice melt is important to control ice and snow effectively. Ice melt can be used to remove existing snow and ice, or as a preventive measure before a storm hits. Follow these tips to get the most out of your ice melt application:

  • Mix ice melt with sand to provide additional traction and extend the time the ice melt will last
  • Sweep up excess ice melt to prevent environmental damage
  • Keep ice melt away from kids and pets to avoid skin irritation or illness
  • Use ice melt when the temperature drops below 0°C
  • Follow package directions for the correct application. Don’t use more ice melt than is required – it’s wasteful and can be harmful to the environment

Why choose REGARD® Eco Melt?

Regard® Eco Melt is a fast-acting, long-lasting and environmentally friendly ice melt. Its bright blue colour makes it easy to see for a more consistent, even application.

Contact us to learn more about using ice melt in your facility.

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