Will The United States Get More Snow In February?

There is a likelihood that multiple storms in the coming week could merge with colder air settling into the east of the United States. This will in turn bring snow to some parts of the region. After almost-record warmth experienced in mid last week, colder air is expected to arrive into stages from later this week going into February. 
 
Gentle weather expected this weekend will change to more extreme in the course of next week. Several storms could result that are likely to have a considerable impact in parts of eastern US. Anywhere from late in the weekend up to next week, the jet stream will plunge southwards into the central states. This stream of strong winds aloft will lead to arctic air pouring southward over the Midwest and the Plains. 
 
According to meteorologist Henry Margusity, should that storm strengthen fast enough and pull in cold air at the last minute, there is a likelihood of a change to wet snow occurring. This would take place in the eastern parts of South and North Carolina during Sunday’s storm. Also, a second storm is likely to have wintry effect for the Northeast and the mid-Atlanta. 
 
By Tuesday of next week, the air is likely to be sufficiently cold enough to induce snow farther east, probably right into the Atlantic coast. All in all, how fast the formation of second storm occurs will determine the extent of the mid-Atlantic region gets accumulating snow. The chances of this accumulating snow and the likelihood of a significant snowstorm will rise further north from the mid-Atlantic’s upper part to New England. This will span between Tuesday and early Wednesday. 

Make sure to have Safe Paw ice melter ready for the storm.
 
The upcoming storm could trigger some snow during Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. As is the case with any pattern change, a period of uncertainty exists as well as likelihood for swings in weather forecast. Meteorologist Elliot Abrams admits that it is too early to predict what will happen until it is gauged how the two storms and the colder weather will interact with one another. 
 
Abrams is of the opinion that the driving force that will push the storm out to the eastern sea is an Alberta clipper system. This is a system whose origin is near the province of Alberta in western Canada. These fast-moving systems that are often without moisture can bring light to moderate rain and snow. 
 
The blizzard that was experienced in the US east coast in late January could have been the sequel to the above-mentioned event. Given that February is often the snowiest month of the winter, there is likelihood that it will be even snowier this year. Weather experts say that this could be due to the El Nino weather phenomenon. The historic blizzard brought much of densely populated East Coast to a standstill. A snowy gridlock closed businesses and government operations in Washington for almost three days. With more snow expected in February, there could be an increase in demand for home heating fuels, and more people are likely to stay at home. 

Make sure to have Safe Paw ice melter ready for the storm.

How Much Snow Did Winter Storm Jonas Bring?

Winter has been known to produce some of the most severe snowstorm in North America in the past few years most probably due to global warming. Mid January saw the highest ever recorded snow levels for over a decade in most parts of North America especially the eastern section thanks to snowstorm Jonas.

New Records Set
Previous records in the East Coast were no match compared to Jonas. Winter Storm Jonas became the first ever snowstorm to bring up to 2 feet or more of snow to parts of NYC and Baltimore. Previous records stood at about 20 inches in some sections of Washington DC, Baltimore, Pennsylvania and NYC which dated back to 1996. However, Jonas came along with new records in these cities. Washington D.C. for instance recorded snowfall records of up to 2 feet (24 inches) and above bringing the urban city to a halt. New snow fall records were also reported in Baltimore, Pennsylvania, New York and JFK Airport.

Damages and Casualties
Widespread effects and casualties were reported across the East Coast region with transportation being the major casualty thanks to over 20 inches (51cm) of snow covering most parts of the cities.

A total of 55 fatalities were reported in Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York City, Washington DC, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Virginia recorded the highest number of fatalities with over 12 people reportedly killed. It’s estimated that more than 478,000 people lost power with over 147,000 households located in North Carolina. This was attributed to wind gusts traveling at speeds of up to 47 mph which damaged numerous trees and brought down power lines.

In Glengarry Maryland, snow depth of up to 42 inches (110 cm) was recorded making it the highest ever snow record to date in Maryland. In Baltimore, a large section of the Ocean City fishing pier was destroyed by high winds and rough seas. The National Guard was called in to offer assistance in West Virginia where Interstate 77 was completely shut down.

Coastal flooding took place in New Jersey and Delaware during the early morning of January 23 which saw new tide records set. Delaware recorded high tides of up to 32 km of dunes along the oceanfront section. This led to emergency evacuation in parts of Oak Orchard and Long Neck.

An estimated economic loss of between $500 million and $3 billion was recorded in the affected areas. It’s also estimated that the airline industry lost up to $200 Million dollars in revenue. The positive side of the storm is the fact that it occurred over the weekend when most businesses were closed.

Many schools especially in DC, Maryland, Baltimore, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia remained closed throughout the three days storm. Some government offices were also closed in Washington DC.

How to Eradicate Snow around Your Household Vicinity
It’s easy to eradicate snow using Safe Paw Ice Melter. Safe Paw is a technologically advanced salt free pack which is 100% safe on your pets and building structures and guarantees you 100% effectiveness. It’s also available in 4 different packs namely pet, grocery, hardware and mass merchandise stores.

How Safe Paw Works
Safe Paw has a two layer timed release action which functions by melting the ice and breaking the surface tension. The crystal internal core penetrates the ice and destabilizes it leading to its breakdown. It also attracts sunlight to speed up the ice melting process during the day.

Once the ice has broken been down, an invisible shield is left intact for up to 3 days. This allows easy shoveling which also prevents sliding and eventual accidents.

Go Green – What You Can Do To Stop The Rapid Ice Melt of The Glaciers

At Safe Paw we love helping the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. We talk about ice melter a lot and felt it was only right to address the ice melt of the glaciers. Some of this ice melt is cause by other ice melters that use salt in their recipe. With Safe Paw you can be sure that you will be reducing your carbon foot print and helping the environment by not using salt based products or other products that hurt the environment. Here is a link to a page that shows what Safe Paw is made from.

CO2 (carbon dioxide) is one of the main causes of all misfortunes of the earth, like global warming, which causes the melting of glaciers, floods and tsunamis. The main “producers” of CO2 are heavy industries, energy production facilities that combust oil, coal and gas, general cutting of tropical forests, livestock industry, and, of course, us – the usual people – the consumers.

Just by working at a computer, sitting behind the wheel of the car and simply turning on the light, we expend energy, and hence – the resources of the earth, which leads to the overall increase of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

So, what can you do to stop this tendency? Each of us can contribute to stopping the rapid ice melt of the glaciers and saving the planet, and here are a few suggestions how to do it :

– Electric power

Saving electricity allows you to:

1) reduce the consumption of natural resources,
2) reduce the emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere, and
3) preserve the purity of water and forests

How to do this:

a) Buy energy-efficient refrigerators that are properly labeled with A, A +, A ++ classes.
b) Buy induction ranges for cooking. They heat only the bottom of the pan, the heating starts immediately when turned on and stops when you turn it off. Induction ranges consume twice less energy than usual electric types.
c) Fully load the dishwasher and the washing machine – this will reduce the amount of washing sessions. Also washing at lower temperatures can reduce power consumption by 80%.
d) Set your computer to a sleep mode every time you take a break. Turn off your office computer at night and before the weekend – as even in a sleep mode it still consumes energy.
e) Turn towards alternative, eco-friendly and renewable energy sources, such as wind, water, and solar power.

– Water

a) Take a shower instead of a bath. Turn off the water while soaping or brushing your teeth.
b) Wash your dish immediately after eating – it will take less water than later when you will have to scrape off dried food debris.
c) Do not buy bottled water if you are sure that the tap water is safe to drink. If not sure – install a water filter.

– Carbon dioxide

a) Eat less meat
b) Walk on foot or use bicycles, or other energy-efficient vehicles.
c) When taking a country trip better fully load one car with friends, instead of taking two half-empty cars, or travel by train.
d) Consume responsibly. Do not buy more than you need. Do not buy what you do not need.

– Plastic

a) Buy products in cardboard package if possible.
b) Use plastic bags several times.
c) Do not use plastic bags for keeping foods at home, use special reusable containers.
d) Reduce the amount of plastic waste by squeezing it – in this way you reduce the amount of garbage in the garbage truck, and thus, reduce CO2 emissions during transportation of garbage.

Tell friends and colleagues how to live ecologically and economically. You don’t need to be superman to save the planet. Make it simple and smart: raise a child, build an eco friendly house and plant a tree!

Ice Melting Products That Cause Less Damage To Your Concrete Surfaces

There are a number of ice melt products that cause less harm to concrete. A larger number of people tend to think that concrete is impervious to almost every substance. The fact of the matter is that concrete acts almost like a blotter and as such, it absorbs some of the chemicals used as deicers.

When you spread sodium chloride or potassium chloride on your driveway or sidewalks, it will keep it free of ice down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit. However, some of the salt-water mix (brine) will eventually seep into the concrete. Once the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, this mixture of water and salt will freeze. The freezing of this brine will cause the water to expand and therefore cause cracks to appear on the concrete surface.

The solution to this problem lies with the use of ice melt products that offer greater protection to your concrete surfaces.

Some of these deicers include the following:

Safe Paw – The most safe product on the market. Safe Paw™ is the only 100% salt-free ice melter on the market and it is 100% safe for pets, children, surfaces, and the environment. Safe Paw’s pellets are green to make it easy for consumers to distinguish it from rock salt and salt-based ice melters. Safe Paw benefits include:

Guaranteed safe for pets and children
Environmentally safe
Won’t harm decking of any kind
Safe on asphalt, concrete, and pavers
Safe on plants and shrubs
Proprietary traction agent (helps prevent
slips and falls)
Won’t stain or destroy flooring

Calcium Chloride
This is a traditional ice melt which melts ice down to temperatures of -25 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat that it gives off as it dissolves help melt ice easily. Calcium chloride has a greater ability to attract and retain moisture from its surroundings. This allows it to dissolve easily and therefore start the melting process faster.

Magnesium Chloride
Magnesium chloride has almost the same qualities as sodium chloride but it is more popular. It is less damaging to concrete and safer on plants.

-Urea
Urea is commonly used as a fertilizer but it also used as an effective ice melt product. It melts ice down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. However, over application can cause damage to vegetation.

-Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA)
This product is made from dolomitic limestone and acetic acid. It is less harmful to concrete and vegetation. However, it becomes less effective as temperatures dip to less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit. As opposed to other ice melt products, it does not form brine-like salts. It works by preventing snow particles from sticking to each other on the concrete surface.

-Magic minus Zero
This is a liquid de-icing agent. It is manufactured from a blend of magnesium chloride mixed with an agricultural by-product of the distilling process. The product is non-toxic and bio-degradable. It has a lower corrosion index than that of distilled water. This product can be applied directly to paved surfaces before the onset of winter.

Natural Deicers
There are some natural products that can be used as alternatives to chemical dicers. However, they are less effective and they cause less damage to concrete and vegetation. They include the following:

-Sand,
-Sawdust,
-Wood shavings,
-Kitty litter.

Their effectiveness comes from their gritty and anti-slip qualities. They provide good traction that makes it easier to walk on ice. They do not melt the ice. They are usually mixed with ice melter products to minimize the use of chemical deicers.

Precautions

You need to observe the following precautions when using deicers:

– Do not over apply deicing products. Ensure that you follow the instructions on the label carefully,
– Before applying deicing products, clear all the snow from the concrete surfaces,
– Always wear gloves because deicers are corrosive,
– Never use deicing chemicals in new concrete that is not fully cured,
– Remember that all chemical products have a negative effect on the environment. Flush your concrete surfaces with water if you suspect any over application, or where you find any damage on plants.

Tips For Operating A Winter Pet Rescue

It is to be understood that the reasons for operating a pet rescue do not include getting richer and reaping in the tax benefits. Although, your pet rescue could obtain tax exemption as a charitable organization, the rewards are about helping animals. Here are the basic tips for operating a pet rescue from Safe Paw along with the benefits:

Before starting your pet rescue, you must first decide what type of animals you would like to take in and make sure that you have sufficient space as well as funds to care for them in a proper way. Following are step by step information for starting your pet rescue:

Name your pet rescue. Then, incorporate it. In order to qualify for the tax exemption, you must be incorporated. For the instructions on how to incorporate, you may contact the Department of State or Labor. You will be required to create a formal mission statement and the by laws. You need to understand that creating these documents and the rescue policies would help shape your operation.

The next will be to assemble a group of caring and hard-working volunteers. You will have to rely on these volunteers to help with the following aspects:

o Caring the pets
o Cleaning
o Office works
o Fundraising
o Marketing

You might be able to afford employees, but you must understand that the volunteers will be more willing to provide time as well as care for your pet rescue at zero cost. For soliciting volunteers, you may put a message on your pet rescue website, newsletters and/or publications. You will definitely find the volunteers seeking you out.

Now, you have to set up the space for your pet animals. Before setting up your space, make sure that your pet rescue has been zoned for your organization. If your pet rescue has plenty of space, then you can let your dogs run in an open space. However, remember that you will also require some indoor shelter during the poor weather conditions and kennels for your new/sick dogs that need to be kept isolated from the other animals.

You must make sure to align your pet rescue with some local veterinarians as well as groomers who would offer free services or deeper discounts. This is because; your pet rescue would require assistance with the following things:

o Medication
o Spaying
o Neutering
o Examining stray as well as sick dogs
o Grooming

For managing the costs on these aspects, you may ask the pet stores as well as pet food companies for donation or even Safe Paw the best pet safe ice melter. You must place the pets which are adoptable on your website and some other pet stores. Remember that the money that is being collected from the adoption is tax free and can be contributed to the operating costs of your pet rescue.

In addition to the above funds, you must also solicit other donations as your pet rescue would require these for keeping the operations running. In addition, you may take your pets to some events for collecting donations. Here, you could also connect with those who will help your pet rescue in some way.

Salt Isn’t Ideal For Melting Ice

When the ice and snow from winter storms arrive, people usually look for the most efficient and easiest means of melting the ice. Salt has for many years been used for melting the ice. Below we will discuss the potential damages from salt and non-salt products in regards to both the local vegetation as well as the area’s ecosystem.

Risks and control of salt used to melt ice

When the high concentrations of salt build-up on a pavement where the ice melter has been applied, temporary damage to the soil will be inevitable, which will later result to inhibited growth or loss in vegetation. The damage in vegetation comes as a result of dehydration of plant cells once the moisture is extracted by the salts. The best thing is that the salt will quickly be diluted the Mother Nature’s rain, which will eventually allow the soil to return to its initial healthy state.

When it comes to melting the ice on a pavement if you don’t have Safe Paw environmentally friendly ice melter then the following categories of salt could be applied:

Inorganic salt-
Inorganic salt contain chloride Ion. Most people have the idea that the chloride content in the soil together with its effect of the environment is negligible as chlorine is one of the most stable elements in the atmosphere. Examples or inorganic salts are Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride and Calcium Chloride.

Organic salts-
Organic salts contain acetate which is less aggressive on the soils as compared to organic salts. It’s capable of decay (biodegradable). This natural decay process is mostly thought to be ideal for the ecosystem. Generally, Acetate has low demand of oxygen values biologically and this makes it a minor contributor to kill fish. Examples or organic salts are Sodium Acetate, Potassium Acetate, and Calcium Magnesium Acetate.

Risks and controls of non salts used in ice melting
-Common non salt materials used for ice melting are Glycols, Urea and fertilizers. Research has revealed that the use of non salts can have effects to the ecosystem if they are not used properly. Run off into storm sewers from pavements and lawns end up in streams, rivers, and lakes of the ecosystem.

Non salt products with high biological oxygen demand values appear to promote excess nutrients. These excess nutrients then generate excess growth of plants leading to reduction of oxygen in natural waterways hence leading to fish kill. Fish kill then propagates throughout the ecosystem as some animals and birds use fish as their primary source of diet. These birds and animals then die as a result.

Urea and ethylene glycol are primarily used at the airports to melt ice since these products don’t cause rusts on metals.

Fertilizers which contain nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus are used primarily to promote the growth of plants. Although urea and fertilizers are not very effective ice melters, they are often present in ice blending blends which are marketed as “green”. If they are used to melt ice, the optional application rates for fertilizers are more than 10 times the rate use for the promotion of plant growth.

Safe Step Ice Melt vs Safe Paw Ice Melt – The Best Ice Melting Product

There are different companies that manufacture some of the best ice melt products. Talking about two such that are ruling the market is Safe Step ice melt and Safe Paw ice melt. The common feature of this product is both are designed with better technology, good ingredients and are value for money. However, if you are confused on which option to go for, then you can certainly differentiate between the two and make the decision. When winter strikes, choose the right brand of ice melter so that you can have safe side walks and drive ways too. Check out the best products and make your decision accordingly.

Benefits to know:

· Safe Paw ice melt is known for ideal performance and comes with the guidance for better understanding. 
· It is suitable for all weather conditions and is entirely a natural product. Besides it works best on concrete and is not corrosive to metal. 
· If you compare it with Safe Step, Safe Paw melts the ice faster. 
· Safe Paw; the name itself states that it is specially designed for pets, children, and to maintain a good environment. 
· It works better than the salt based product. Besides its dual effect compound gives the results that stays for quite a long time.

Step of Using Safe Paw:

1. Being highly concentrated, Safe Paw is highly effective. It is pretty simple to use.
2. Spread it before the precipitation of winter or after. Thus, there will be a barrier that will ensure that ice will not bond to the surface. 
3. The result stays good for 3 days. In case you find any ice being accumulated, do not chip away underlying ice while shoveling. 
4. The crystal core present in it, penetrates and de-stabilizes the ice.

Tips to follow:

· Safe Paw ice melt being a natural product is safe for pets and children and can be used directly. 
· Follow the guidelines well before you start using this product to get the faster results and use it in the right manner. 
· Compare the prices for both the products along with the quality and client reviews, and then decide of which option to go for.

The best part is both products gives good results even though one works better than the other and is designed to melt the ice even at the low temperature. However, look for the one which gives accurate application and how conveniently you can use it. This will help you melt the ice in a much safer way.

6 Must Know Alternatives To Road Salt

With the alarming rate of the cases submitted, over the continued use of salt on roads by credible institutions, alternatives to road salts is the way to go. With governments spending most of its budget on making sure there is little or no hindrance to the way of doing business during winter seasons, which may in turn have a negative impact to the economy, there is a danger looming in ensuring a balanced environment. The balance is very easy to come by, just by using SafePaw environmentally friendly ice melter over road salt. Over time use of salt has been considered by most of these governments, but it has proven beyond reasonable doubt that if continued we will have greater challenges to deal with soon enough. Among major reasons why alternative to salt roads are

Corrosive

The salt has the ability to corrode our car body works which are metallic in nature, eat away the metal that are used in the vehicles and to a greater extent the brake linings are not left behind. 

Environmental pollution
With the continued use of salt on our soil, chlorine gets its way to the underground stream and rivers interfering with the living conditions of the fish and all living sea creatures. The water also gets contaminated making the conditions hard for the vegetation and animals’ that are dependant of fresh water, which can become harmful and toxic. Therefore, whether by runoff or through underground water our water bodies become very prone to pollution.

Diseases
Chloride levels in the water should always remain far below the unsafe level of 250mg/l. However, the continued use of salt may causes the rise of this chloride in water to toxic levels posing a very possible danger to the community and living things that depend on the water.

Pets are not left behind in this danger of increased use of salt. By licking themselves they are exposed to the poisoning of their lives with this level of toxicity. 

Children innocence makes them to be very vulnerable to the dangers posed by the environment they are exposed to. Doctors have recorded greater number of incidences during such periods as they emanate from the excessive chlorine on their disposal.

Alternatives to road salt is the best and the only sure way to have these plus many other effects reduced for a better and healthy living. The alternative should be

Environmental friendly

It should be non-corrosive to all metals. It should be safe on rubber, plastics and paints also. It should provide safety on pavements, concrete and asphalt decreasing the number of possible dangers that may occur through accidents.

Safety
Having alternatives to salt road will minimize greatly the number of incidences reported on pets and children being affected directly or indirectly, giving the parents peace of mind.

The plants and the living creatures will also be off the hook as their inhabitation will be safe from any pollution and toxic materials.

Durability
Alternatives will always ensure there are no staining or even destruction of flooring. The pavements, roads and even concrete will serve their purpose uninterrupted. 

These are among the benefits that you will find in using Safe Paw which is the sure way of protecting our pets and their surroundings from the undesirable effects of salt on roads.

Sidewalk Ice Melt Products Concrete

Winter is approaching, now while that has some fun parts, having your concrete sidewalks buried in thick ice pileS and being stuck indoors because your door is held by heavy snow build-up could make your joyous winter a blizzard nightmare. You might want to resort to using ice melt products to get along with the falling snow. That is very important yes, but the decision shouldn’t be in a rush. While you try to melt snow, it is important that you acknowledge that there are associated shortcomings with using sidewalk ice melt products. It is therefore important that you utilize effective ice melters with environmentally friendly ingredients to compensate for your vulnerable items (concrete floors and flowers).



Benefits of use:


* Saves time and other resources:

The need for labor personnel and trucks to convey heaps of sands onto iced concrete pavements and sidewalks is reduced. With fewer people, concrete ice melters can be applied in a little while that it would take for trucks and bulldozers to handle. The cost involved in using sidewalk ice melters is also relatively cheap so you can be saving money. 

* Safe for displacing ice on concretes sidewalks:

Environmentally friendly sidewalk ice melt contains no corrosives or salts and so, work gently on concrete floors and metals. The absence of salt in them also makes them ideal for industrial use, as they tend to be non-conductive. Deice machines, helipads, airport runways, railroads, car parks and even on cars, with no negative results. They work faster that salt-based deicers and are active even in extremely low temperatures.



* Proprietary traction agents and Teflon effect:

Unlike other traditional ways, sidewalk concrete ice melters contain a formula responsible for the prevention of slipping and skidding. Another amazing benefit of non-salt-based deicers over salt-based deicers is the preventive Teflon effect. After your floor has been purged of the frosty deposits, Teflon creates an invisible layering on the deiced surface, which makes it easy for shoveling and remarkably prevents ice from sticking to the floor for 3 continuous days.



Instructions for use:



* Prior to snowing, apply ample amount of concrete ice melt to sidewalks, areas and objects to snow contamination. This creates the protective layering by the Teflon effect. This only does not prevent snow contamination, but also alleviates the stress in shoveling and risks of slipping or skidding.



* Should you get your car stacked in the snow deposit, things should get easily resolved with a wipe of the car tire surface and a few sprinkle of deicer on the tire. This would increase friction between the tire and the floor or snow surface as the snow melts of for traction agents to take their effects.



* Deicers react with heat and sunlight, so be sure to store in cool and dry places to avoid the content from reacting into a different thing, which might not yield your desired results

Natural Ice Melters Alternative Ice Melt

When winter arrives, bringing sleet, snow and ice, it also brings many hazards for those with pets. First, of course, it is that it can be very dangerous to be walking outside in those conditions because the increased danger of falling. It’s true that there are a great many ice melting products as a solution. Unfortunately, almost all of them contain salt, which is actually quite harmful to your pets, children and the environment.

The only really safe way to reduce the dangers of snow and ice, without risking damage to animals, people and homes, is to use natural ice melters like SafePaw. The less salt they contain the better and the ones with no salt at all like SafePaw, are the best. They will offer protection to:

Pets
Anyone who has walked their dogs in a big city neighborhood after the road has been salted, can tell you how painful it can be to pets. The salt pellets get stuck to their paws and coats. Then once they are back indoors, the higher temperatures cause the pellets to melt, the salt burning the skin and possibly causing ulcers.

Oftentimes, dogs will lick the pellets, which can result in severe gastritis. Anyone of these problems will mean trips to the vet. And while that is a drain on time and finances, the real harm is the unnecessary suffering of beloved pets.

Children
Children will have problems, as well, if they encounter these pellets while playing in the snow. Touching their eyes afterward will cause irritation, and they may possibly develop severe skin conditions from contact with the salt. Even worse, children may accidentally ingest the pellets, which can cause stomach problems and possibly even kidney damage.

Homes
Additionally, once the snow melts, the leftover salt can cause irreparable damage to building materials used in driveways, decks and homes. Wood, asphalt, concrete and pavers are all vulnerable to permanent damage. Plus, having it tracked into houses may ruin carpets, floors and rugs. Nothing and no one is safe from the damage that can be caused by interaction with excessively salted products.

Environment
Of course, the toxic substance left after the snow melts will then be washed into rivers, lakes and streams, harming the wildlife which lives within. And along the way, it will burn grass, erode soil, kill plants and the birds who feed on them.

Most people are not aware of the dangers presented by the salt in most commercial ice melters. Many people with pets, who are aware of the problem, don’t realize that there is a solution. But there are products available which contain greatly reduced amounts of salt, and at least one that has no salt whatsoever.

Another feature which some of these more natural ice melters offer, is making the pellets in a color other than white. This way, they are distinguishable from both the snow and ice, as well as any heavily salted ice melter pellets which may be nearby.

Finally, there is an alternative to heavily salted products, the gentler natural ice melters.