The Issue: Salt
Typical warning label found on rock salt
and salt-based ice melt products:
"Danger! Keep away from pets and children wear rubber gloves and goggles when using. Wash contaminated clothing and call doctor immediately if contact with eyes or ingested."
A recent national survey shows that 60% of American households use rock salt and salt-based ice melt products during the cold winter months. And, an alarming 62% are unaware of the health dangers associated with the use of these products.
Rock salt and other salt-based ice melters contain sodium chloride or potassium chloride which can heat up to 175 degrees when exposed to water, ice, and low temperatures. Often these white pellets (crystals) sit
on ice and snow surfaces for a long period before penetrating. This presents a danger to pets,
children, surfaces, and the environment. There are safe alternatives such as
Gaia Enterprises Safe Paw® Ice Melter is 100% salt-free and is guaranteed pet and child safe (MSDS)! Safe Paw has been used and recommended with confidence for years by veterinarians, animal hospitals, groomers, shelters, and humane societies making it the #1 selling brand!
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