Salting or sanding the ice on your property is a good way to limit your risk of slipping, falling, and hurting yourself. It's also a good way to lower the chances of visitors slipping and falling on your property, like first responders.
According to Golden Valley Assistant Fire Chief Bethany Brunsell, on multiple occasions this winter Golden Valley first responders have slipped and fallen on ice while responding to emergency calls or while performing routine inspections. Having a clear and safe path to and from home and business entrances is imperative for first responders to move quickly in emergencies.
Ice Removal Tips
Shoveling early and often during snow storms limits the chances of the snow on the ground turning to ice. Once the storm has passed and you’ve finished shoveling, you can assess how much salt you really need to use, if any.
Know When To Salt
Most salt doesn’t work below 15 degrees. Sand is an alternative when temperatures are too cold. To prevent degradation, store salt away from air, light, and moisture.
Sweep Up Leftover Salt
If there is no ice left on your driveway, sweep up the remaining salt for future use and to keep it from flowing into storm drains.