Making Winters Safer And Keeping The Environment Healthy

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Eco-conscious small businesses can take precautions this winter to ensure staff and visitors to their premises stay safe, while having the peace of mind that their de-icing activities involving rock salt are not having a negative impact on the environment. Even better, eco-friendly practices can be readily adapted to be used in a domestic setting too, so ecopreneurs who work at home can get in on the act too.

Sensible de-icing practices are important – and useful – because they balance practicality and safety with protection for wildlife, water sources and soil.

Rock salt is a completely natural product treated with an anti-caking additive. With very effective de-icing properties, rock salt makes winters safer by melting ice in temperatures as low as -9 degrees Celsius and also prevents it from reforming. It’s the safest, most efficient and cost-effective way of combating the dangers of sub-zero environments: other products – like sand, for example – don’t have the same qualities that rock salt does and therefore aren’t as safe and don’t ensure road and pedestrian safety to the same high level.

Despite being a natural and relatively harmless substance to use, users need to take precautions when storing and spreading salt, for both personal safety as for the health of the local environment. On the first point, prolonged contact with rock salt when spreading can make the skin on your hands dry, for example. Secure, dedicated rock salt storage arrangements, both for domestic and business users, prevents curious children from coming into contact with it.

As you’re about to find out, good environmental practice is also good for business’ wallets when it comes to using rock salt.

How To Grit And De-ice Effectively

In too-large amounts, sodium chloride washing off pavements, roads and other areas can contribute to the pollution of waterways, gardens, allotments and farmland. It can potentially kill plants and waterlife, render soil infertile and make animals sick.

Over-salting happens when people don’t understand how much rock salt de-icer they need to distribute, how best to de-ice their environments or how to choose the right product for the job.

If snow has fallen, this should be cleared away with a shovel and a thin amount of salt scattered on the remaining icy surface. Weather conditions are a factor in how often this needs repeating to keep footways safe.

Equipment has a part to play in salt distribution. Shovels and scoops made from durable plastic are adequate for garden paths and shorter driveways, though because it’s a manual task (i.e. the salt is not being mechanically measured) then it’s especially important that the salt has been stored dry so it doesn’t clump, hinder coverage or encourage users to use too much.

Users with a larger land footprint or garden could find a push-along pedestrian salt spreader an ideal addition for economical and precise distribution over larger areas, of both traditional brown rock salt and finer grade de-icers.

Choosing The Right Type Of De-icing Salt

The wide range of de-icing salt products available has been developed for use in different environments. Using the right product can mean you use less, so as well as meaning there is no harm or foul to the environment, it is good for your budget too.

For example, in areas where footfall leads to and from a building entrance, a product like white rock salt or coarse grade de-icer is ideal because they leave less residue than brown. They can be easily spread using either a shovel, scoop or push-along spreader.

Why Does Icethaw care?

We want our customers to remain safe while they are out and about in wintery conditions and get the best out of our products, including value-for-money. This means promoting good practice to protect nature as well as ensuring gritting budgets for businesses and households are used to their best advantage.

If you are uncertain about which product is best for your particular needs, an Icethaw sales adviser can help you choose or alternatively you can browse product descriptions on our website, which give clear examples.

Icethaw can also give ecopreneurs advice about different models of push-along salt spreaders for efficient distribution, including those which can regulate salt flow.

Author Bio

Icethaw is an established independent rock salt supplier to local councils, public services, businesses, retail outlets, garden centres and domestic users in the USA, UK and Europe. All our rock salt and de-icing products are available to buy online or over the telephone for delivery to any location.

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