Did you know that more than 42,000 workers get injured annually in Canada due to falls? With winter quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning ways to reduce this risk. Investing in ice melt is one of the best ways to keep your facility and workers safe. Read these tips to find out how to use ice melt to control ice and snow in your facility.
How Does it Work?
Ice melt works by breaking the bond between snow/ice and the surface it’s on. There are two ways ice melt works, depending on the type:
- Endothermic: Lowers the freezing point of the surface area (e.g., Rock Salt, Potassium Chloride, Urea)
- Exothermic: Reacts with the moisture in the snow/ice to create heat (e.g. Magnesium Chloride)
Getting the Most Out of Your Ice Melt
When it comes to ice melt, one size does not fit all. 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/ice or as a preventive measure before a storm. Follow these tips to get the most out of your ice melt:
- Mix ice melt with sand to provide additional traction and extend how long 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 0oC
- Don’t use too much ice melt as it is wasteful and can harm the environment
REGARD® Eco Melt
Regard® Eco Melt is a fast-acting and long-lasting ice melt. This environmentally friendly ice melt is blue in colour, making it easier to see for consistent application on various surfaces.