3 Easy Ways To Get Instant Traction On Icy Surface
Winter months are beautiful, but they can be dangerous too. When the white snow on your driveway turns into a treacherous layer of ice, it becomes difficult to walk on ice. It can lead to serious slip and fall accidents. As a house or business owner, It’s your responsibility to provide safe access to your driveway during the snowy winters for your family and visitors.
Most of the time, we use salt or ice melt to get rid of the snow. But Icemelt does not serve the need for people to cross the icy or snowy surface immediately. One million Americans are injured every year. Nearly 600,000 are hospitalized every year due to falls on ice. In such cases, a traction agent works better than an ice melt or salt.
Using a traction agent doesn’t help in melting the ice, but it increases the traction and prevents the chances of slip and fall accidents.
In this article, we will discuss 3 quick ways to get instant traction on an icy surface. Let’s get started-
1- Organic Items
If you want to walk on ice immediately, you can use organic traction items like sand, wood shavings, sawdust, and kitty litter. Organic tractions agents are less harmful and cost-efficient as compared to salts, but they are also not that effective in making the surface non-slippery.
These items have an abrasive quality which makes them an anti-slip traction agent. Excessive amounts of sand and sawdust can accumulate in drains and drainage areas. It’s critical to sweep them up after storms, or you’ll have problems in the spring.
Moreover, using organic traction agents helps, but you may not want to clean the mess they make. Post melting of the ice, they may stick to the bottom of your shoes and create a mess.
2- Natural Traction Agents
The solution lies in using natural traction agents.
As a house or business owner, you need to be more cautious about the compounds you use on your driveway, walkways, parking lot, and backyards. Since these natural traction agents are free from salts and chemicals, they provide you instant traction without damaging your property.
These agents create a solid layer on a surface to provide better footing for traction on snow. Firstly, they absorb excess water that makes ice less slippery. Then, the gripper granules dig into the ice and create a dry, non-slippery layer.
3- Snow Melting Mats
Another option that you can explore is using a snow melting mat. Simply place a large size mat on your driveway, plug it in, and it will start melting the snow. The mat contains a heating element that is placed between two layers of durable non-slip rubber. Snow melting mats reduce your snow-removal efforts significantly.
Although you may get the traction on your driveway, these mats are expensive and heavy on your electricity bill too. Moreover, the mats have a limited life, like any other equipment that is subject to regular wear and tear. Moreover, if you want to access any other icy surface, you may still need non-slip walk-on-ice boots.
Therefore, you must choose a solution that can provide you traction anywhere, anytime, and that does not harm your surroundings too.
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