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Ice Melt Safe for Driveways

Driveway installers argue about whether concrete or asphalt is the better material, and there is plenty of debate. But one thing they certainly agree on is that rock salt should never be used on either concrete or asphalt.

Rock salt is produced in common blends as sodium chloride, potassium chloride and magnesium chloride. These formulas are sold under many brand names including Driveway Heat, Excel 50, Halite, Safe Step, Road Runner, Zero Ice, Qik Joe and Ice Vice. Call it what you will, rock salt is rock salt, and it is bad for driveways.

  • Concrete: Rock salt is proven to cause the deterioration of concrete. Salt is slightly acidic, and the acidity breaks down the chemical bonds essential to concrete’s strength. Because concrete freezes more quickly and stays frozen longer than asphalt, salting more often is required, and this makes the problem worse. Finally, most concrete in driveways is reinforced with steel, and salt quickly corrodes steel.
  • Asphalt: While rock salt doesn’t directly destroy asphalt, it does make asphalt’s nemesis, freeze/thaw cycles, much worse. Also, rock salt is poisonous and environmentally harmful. Animals and small children like the taste of salt. Once they discover it on the driveway, they are likely to consume more of it. Rock salt on driveways has proven deadly to pets and wildlife, according to the Pet Poison Helpline. It has sent many children to the emergency room with symptoms including burning eyes, throat and skin, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and chills, all of which pets can experience too. A less dangerous but still common issue with rock salt on driveways is that it ends up in the landscape along the driveway where it can kill lawns, shrubs and flowers.

Ice Melt that is Safe for Driveways and More

Savvy homeowners are no longer spreading ice melt that they know has a high potential for causing damage to their expensive investment or worse, poisoning people and pets.

The good news is that safe ice melt alternative is available. Safe Paw is the top-rated ice melt that does not contain any rock salt.

What Safe Paw does contain is a proprietary blend of two unique ingredients. The first is a patented outer layer that liquefies on contact and rapidly melts the ice surface. That process allows the amide core to penetrate the ice to break it up, so that it melts faster or can be scraped off the driveway with far greater ease. Note: We do not recommend using Safe Paw on pavement that is newer than six months old.

Two Important Questions about Safe Paw

Is Safe Paw safe? Unlike rock salt ice melters, Safe Paw is safe for people, pets and the environment. It’s so safe, in fact, that it received the Safer Choice Standard Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency based on very stringent criteria.

Does Safe Paw melt ice? Let’s compare. Magnesium chloride, the ice melting agent found in many popular rock salt brands, is effective to about 15F, that’s 15 degrees above zero. Safe Paw is proven to melt ice in temperatures as low as -2F, that’s two degrees below zero. Which product would you rather have to battle ice-covered steps, walkways and the driveway or have in your car when stuck in icy conditions?

Here’s another question: Does Safe Paw work immediately? While it does work very quickly, there is another product from the makers of Safe Paw that is designed to provide instant traction for feet and vehicle tires – Traction Magic. It doesn’t melt ice, so there’s no wait for it to work. Instead, spiked granules in Traction Magic provide an instant, non-slip surface ideal for steps and sidewalks and for pouring in front of car tires to give them traction on ice and snow.

Safe Paw alternative ice melt and Traction Magic – two proven products that are safe to use and belong in every home and vehicle. Order some today, and be prepared for the year’s worst weather from early fall snows to spring ice storms.

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The Dangers of Sodium Chloride Ice Melters

Sodium chloride (NaCl) is the primary mineral ingredient in some types of rock salt and alternative ice melters. It is also the formula for table salt, but does that make it a safe product for melting ice?

There are several reasons NOT to use sodium chloride rock salt for melting ice around your home or where you work. There is a safe and effective alternative, Safe Paw, which is discussed below.

The Dangers of Sodium Chloride Ice Melters

Whether the product is pure sodium chloride rock salt or the NaCl is an ingredient in an ice melt blend, there are serious risks to using it.

Sodium chloride acts slowly, so surfaces remain dangerously slick: Perhaps waiting for rock salt to melt ice is just an inconvenience that will make you late for work or getting the kids to school. However, people often spread the salt and expect that the icy ground is now safe to walk upon. They don’t wait for the salt to work, step onto the icy surface, slip and fall. US CDC statistics show that up to 30 percent of falls on ice result in broken bones, concussion or death. Falling is the leading cause of injury-related death in older Americans. Veterinarians report tens of thousands of similar injuries to dogs that slip on the ice.

Sodium chloride doesn’t work in extreme cold: As temperatures drop, rock salt gets less and less effective. At about 10 degrees Fahrenheit, it stops melting ice. Salt that isn’t melting the ice gives a false sense of security, often resulting in serious slip-and-fall injuries.

Rock salt rolls from underfoot: Have you ever lost your footing on gravel when it slid? Rock salt’s structure is very similar, and if the salt hasn’t melted into the ice, it is as unsafe as walking on loose gravel.

Sodium chloride is poisonous: Even a little bit of NaCl can harm a child, a pet or wildlife when in rock salt or ice melt form. One reason is that ice melt products aren’t made to the same safety level as table salt and often contains harmful impurities. Illinois Poison Control urges parents to call the center if children even “sample” sodium chloride rock salt or similar ice melt product. When unattended children “sample” rock salt, they like the taste and ingest more. Pets and wildlife like the taste too and can be poisoned. In addition, rock salt ice melt causes irritation and burns to the eyes, skin or paws, mouth, throat and digestive tract

Safe Paw Ice Melt Alternative

The good news is that Safe Paw is 100% salt-free and safe for kids and pets. In fact, it has received several prestigious recognitions as safe for people, pets and the planet.:

Now you know why Safe Paw is the Best Selling ice melt brand! It is recommended by pediatricians, veterinarians, wildlife experts, groomers, animal shelters and humane societies.

More good news is that Safe Paw is more effective than sodium chloride ice melt and similar salt-based products. Here’s why the proprietary formula out-performs salt-based ice melt:

  • The outer layer of Safe Paw granules liquefies on contact with ice and begins to penetrate and break up the surface.
  • This allows for the glycol-infused crystalline amide core to sink into the ice, destroying its structure quickly and effectively.
  • Once the ice is melted, it will evaporate, even in freezing temperatures. A coating of Safe Paw is left behind to resist icing on the surface of walkways, steps, porches, decks, patios and anywhere else you need safe, dependable footing.

Pick up Safe Paw today or order it online. You’ll love it, and the pets you love so dearly will be kept safe and healthy from early fall snows through slippery spring ice storms.

 

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Magnesium Chloride Ice Melts are Dangerous to People and Pets

Sodium chloride is the main ingredient in many of the most popular salt-based ice melting products on the market like Safe Step 8300 and Road Runner ice melt. While these rock salt products melt ice at moderately cold temperatures, they present two significant concerns.

Dangers of Magnesium Chloride Ice Melt

First, magnesium chloride (MgCl2) does work in extreme cold. When the temperature drops below about 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the melting process slows significantly and may stop entirely. In other words, you must wait a long time before the salted area is safe to walk on or drive on. Your waiting will be in vain in very cold weather and, in fact, might pose a danger if you believe the ground is safe yet it remains covered in ice and very slippery.

The second reason to avoid MgCl2 products is that they are dangerous to pets, children, wildlife and adults too. The Material Safety Data Sheet for magnesium chloride lists many harmful effects including:

  • Eye irritation and burn from contact
  • Skin irritation and burn (including in the mouth and throat) when touched or ingested
  • Gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when ingested
  • Respiratory irritation when MgCl2 dust is inhaled
  • Metal fume fever when inhaled or ingested that causes flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, cough, weakness, chest and muscle pain and increased white blood cell count

Think about dangers to your pets. Simply walking on an area that has been salted exposes them to all the above! The salt will contact the skin on their paws. If they scratch or rub their face, it will get in their eyes. Animals like the taste of salt, and if they ingest it, serious illness will result. Extreme exposure is fatal.

Think about dangers to young children. Kids often put things in their mouth from the ground, and if they taste something salty, they’re likely to continue. The Illinois Poison Control (IPC) blog says about salt-based ice melt including magnesium chloride, “Always call the IPC if your kiddo samples some of this stuff.” Less dangerous consequences of contact for kids are the same as those for pets: irritation of the skin, eyes, mouth and throat and stomach upset.

These dangers are present too for wildlife such as squirrels, birds and many other animals known to ingest salt when they find it. Finally, the person doing the salting is at risk for skin contact and inhalation of magnesium chloride dust found in every bag or bucket of the product.

Note: Veterinarians and pediatricians warn that the dangers are much the same for other common ice melt products including sodium chloride, calcium chloride and calcium magnesium acetate.

Safe Ice Melt Alternatives that are More Effective Too

Once you decide to avoid salt-based ice melting products, the question is obvious: Is there a safe alternative to rock salt?

Yes! The good news is that there is a product with a patented blend of ingredients that is both safe to use and more effective for melting ice than magnesium chloride and other salt-based options.

Safe Paw is the only ice melt product of its kind on the market, and it meets the stringent requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice Standard Award for ecological friendliness. This means that Safe Paw ice melt won’t harm you, your pets, children, wildlife or the larger environment including your lawn and plants.  Another great product to consider is Traction Magic, while not an ice melter it works instantly and will get your car out of ice in an emergency situation.

How does Safe Paw work? This blend contains two ice-fighting ingredients, each with a unique purpose. The patented outer core liquefies immediately when contacting the ice and begins to melt and break up its surface. This allows the crystalline amide core to penetrate deep into the ice to complete the melting process.

Safe Paw’s proprietary formula also contains glycol, widely used to thaw ice and prevent further freezing. Therefore, it not only melts existing ice, Safe Paw coats the surface to inhibit ice from forming the next time bad weather strikes.

Safe Paw is effective to a lower temperature, -2F, than magnesium chloride (+15F) and some other salt-based products (+20F to +24F). Plus, unlike rock salt, it is completely safe and won’t harm the environment.

If you are looking for an ice melt you can use with complete peace of mind, Safe Paw is the right choice for pets, people and the planet. 

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How To Properly Bathe A Puppy

When you decide to keep a pet dog, it means you are ready to take up the responsibilities that come with it. You would want to maintain a high level of hygiene for your family’s and the dog’s sake, especially if it’s going to spend most of its time in the main house. Knowing about your dog’s hygiene needs is very important to avoid any complications. Bathing your dog occasionally is the very first step you take to ensure that it stays healthy at all times. 

If you train your dog to bathe at the puppy stage (about 8 – 10 weeks of age) you are likely to have an easy time doing it later-on. It definitely is the best way to train your puppy. So the big question is; how do you properly bathe a puppy?
Bathing a puppy is not much of a hustle; the process basically takes about 5 maximum. First, you need to know your requirements, and they include;

· Bathing unit – you might choose a basin, a or a small tub if you wish
· Puppy shampoo – make sure you get the best shampoo for your puppy
· Soft brush
· Nice fluffy towels
· Puppy treats
 
1. First, you need to ensure that the puppy is happy during this important moment. To do this, you will have to feed it with the puppy treats. It helps make the process easier in the long run.

2. The soft brush is purposely meant to brush the puppy’s coat before the bath. This will ensure that the puppy’s coat doesn’t get knottier after the bath.

3. The bathing water should be warm, not hot or not so cold. It’s best to test it yourself before bathing the puppy. Lukewarm should be the ideal temperature to use.

4. Gently wet the puppy all over using a cup or water sprayer; be keen to avoid getting water on the puppy’s ears, nose and eyes as it may agitate them. 

5. Pour a little shampoo to your hand and gently lather-up the puppy. Ensure that the shampoo gets to every part of the puppy’s body avoiding the face area including the ears. Focus more on the back end, including under the belly and feet area.

6. Once the puppy is well shampooed rinse all the shampoo leather from its body. Be very cautious at this stage as you should leave any shampoo on the coat as it can irritate your puppy later on. To ensure that your puppy is well rinsed, confirm the water running down from its body is clear.  

7. Then using the fluffy towel, wrap up your puppy and dry it off gently. Ensure its fur is as dry as possible, you can further opt to use a hair drier but avoid getting it close to the puppy as you can easily burn it. 

8. You can finish off the process by brushing the fur with the soft brush to straighten its coat for a smooth appearance.
The first bathe experience matters a lot to the young puppy, it will make a difference on its next bathe so you have to ensure that you do everything right from the first time. 

It is important to keep you pet safe from the harsh winter conditions with SafePaw pet safe ice melter.

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Worst Snowstorms In U.S. History: Will 2016 Make This List?

The 1888 Great Blizzard
This Great Blizzard started in March 12 and led to more than 50 inches of snow in different areas. In fact it led to more than 52 feet of snow, with more than 400 people dead in the North Eastern region. In the capital city alone, that is New York, it left almost 200 dead.

The 1978 Blizzard
This snowstorm happened in February 1978 with snow falling in every place. In Rhode Island alone, it led to more than 40 feet. During this period the snow fell for a continuous 33 hours causing millions of damage to property.

Storm of the Century
This is another snowstorm that happened in 1993. Here, the cyclone moving across the Mexican Gulf led to the falling of snow in Southeast, Northeast and Mid Atlantic. It led to the destruction of roofs, trapping hiking entourage and leaving 270 dead. At the end of the mishap, it left 56 inches of snow in Tennessee and 50 in North Carolina. This storm is also known to cause air transport chaos in the East Coast.

Presidents Day Storm
This is one of the recent snowstorms happening in 2003 reaching a height of 16.7 feet. This snowstorm affected Boston and Washington DC during the weekend. It is said that this arose as a result of El Nino heat. It also resulted to heavy snow, bitter cold and whiteout conditions. In Reagan, Washington and Baltimore airport, it reached 28.2 inches of snow.

Megalopolitan Blizzard
This blizzard occurred in February 11 1983. It reached 16.6 inches. This storm affected areas in Northwest Montgomery and parts of Frederick. This is the highest and most notable snow to be recorded in the area and it brought the region to a standstill. It shut down metro and major airports.

The 1996 Blizzard
This is one of the worst snowstorms in the US history during the winter season. It mainly affected the Northeast and led to billions of dollars in damage. The weather forecasters say the snow fell to a high of 35 inches with Philadelphia getting 35 feet. After the snow, there was flooding.

The Snowmageddon
This snowstorm happened in February. It came as two storms leaving a trail of destruction and record. In Washington, it left 32 inches of snow and during the second storm, almost 70% of the country was covered by snow.

1996 Blizzard
This happened in the 6th of January 1996 beginning in the morning and leaving a 12 inch trail of fallen snow within 24 hours. This led to the closure of the federal govt services for up to a week and led to losses estimate to be worth 600 million dollars.

Protect your pets against snow and ice with SafePaw pet safe ice melter.

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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!

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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 like 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.

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How To Organize A Spring / Summer Cleanup In Your City : Go Green

We need to take care of our environment — it won’t take care of itself! Many towns, cities, and even parks are filled with our garbage and need to be cleaned up desperately. The good news is that good, caring volunteers can be found in every town, and with a little know-how and organizational skill, you can start your own spring or summer clean up that will rejuvenate the area you live in. Plus, you’ll probably meet some new friends in the process. Lets go green!

1. Find an Area that Needs Attention
Find a local area like a park, highway, or neighborhood that needs cleanup—this should be the easiest step. Getting in touch with local leaders like church officials, local government, or college societies like fraternities/sororities or Phi Theta Kappa/ Phi Beta Kappa, can get you a good head start and possibly a good source of volunteers to help.

2. Get a List of Volunteers
Put a sign-up list in a local business near the cash register (with the owner’s permission, of course). Make sure to indicate if you need volunteers to bring equipment and be specific. Also, if it is bright and sunny, make sure to mention that they should have baseball caps, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Also, be sure to indicate whether transportation is provided or whether they will have to provide their own, and specify the meeting point on the day/days of the project. The aforementioned groups can round up volunteers for you as many fraternities and sororities require their members to fulfill a minimum amount of volunteer hours per semester, and late in the spring semester can be a great time to set up a project, as this is the time when many students are scrambling for the hours they need but didn’t put in earlier in the semester.

3. Get the Needed Equipment
Find someone with a pickup truck, at the very least. Other equipment you will need bags for garbage, lots of pairs of work gloves for your volunteers, bug spray, and sunscreen, and maybe some hats to keep people shady. Don’t worry too much about this step, as most people will bring what they need. You need some place to put the trash and many businesses will be angry if you dump your trash in their dumpster, so make sure you check with people and get their permission before you dispose of your trash and remember your purpose is to clean up, so dispose of your trash responsibly. Have a disposal area ready before you start your cleanup. If you are cleaning up glass/debris or storm damage, BE SAFE, and coordinate with other groups (if any) that are working in the area. If you need to use heavy equipment like chainsaws, be sure it is operated by someone trustworthy, like a group leader or someone you trust.

4. Project Management
You may be surprised with the response you get, so be prepared to manage a few dozen people. If it is not many volunteers, they can go at their own pace, but if it is more than 10 or so, make them split into groups of 2-3 and assign them sections to clean. Make sure everyone has a buddy to look out for them and remember that safety is the number one priority for everyone involved. Have a meeting before you begin, and make introduction to make sure that everyone knows who the leaders are. During the project, there should be a “base camp”, usually around the vehicles where volunteers can go if they have a problem or need to talk to a leader. Everyone should have someone else’s cell phone number, just to make sure. Remember, communication is key! You will have to organize transportation. The easiest option is to just get people to take their own vehicles, but if there is not good parking for lots of people (such as by the side of a highway), the best and safest route is to get a bus, or just a few vans or SUVs that can hold multiple people. Usually, churches and college groups have a bus or vans you can use.

5. Have FUN!
Volunteering is its own reward, so take pride in the good deed you’ve done, and the new friends you’ve made! This is a great way to make contacts in the community, and helping to organize a project puts you in your communities gaze as a go-getter with organizational skills (go you!), plus you’ll get to know helpful, and possibly influential community members on a first name basis that can be the touchstone for even more great volunteering projects! Going green is its own reward, so Go Green and help the environment!

At SafePaw we help in going green by providing environmentally & pet friendly ice melters. Learn more here.

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Large Increase In Ice Melter Sales Is Helping The Environment

It would seem that ice melters like Safe Paw variety are flying off the shelves this particular winter season for apparent reasons. Not only does this product prevent you from slipping, sliding, floundering and falling on your face in your driveway, but you will also be pleased to know that it is not harmful to your pet, your children or the environment.

Essentially, in the grand scheme of things you are actually saving the world! Unlike your run-of-the-mill ice melters, Safe Paw undoubtedly has many advantages and environmental friendly qualities to boot.

The first of many includes its inability to harm decking in any way, shape or form. This is on account of the fact that Safe Paw unlike chloride salts does not attack the fastening system as in the case of wood because the chloride solution may draw moisture to the wood pores causing it to crystallize and form black ice.

This product is not in any way harmful to shrubs or plants which puts it high up on the green scale in my book.

Additionally, it is also safe on concrete, pavers and asphalt and it does not leave behind an oatmeal-like consistency as is the case with chloride salt based products.

Another merit of Safe Paw is that it is gentle on your flooring by way of not destroying it or staining it in any way.

The most paramount benefit is that this product has a proprietary traction agent which in essence keeps you from coming into bodily harm of the slip and fall variety.

As opposed to salt based melters, Safe Paw is especially gentle, kind even, to children, pets and the environment. When children and dogs are exposed to toxic salt pellets it can cause eye irritation and severe stomach problems. The salt residue can also have dire consequences to the environment when it seeps into underground water or gets into streams and lakes causing loss of aquatic life due to its poisonous nature.

These issues will not be a concern when using Safe Paw.

The following are the steps to getting the desired effect when using Safe Paw:

1. After the purchase of this must-have product, store indoors at room temperature to achieve maximum performance.

2. Apply Safe Paw before snow starts to cascade to create a boundary that keeps ice from bonding to surfaces for approximately three days making shoveling considerably easier.

3. The dual-effect compound consists of special glycol ad mixture and traction agents combined with modified crystalline amide core. The liquid component commences melting ice immediately while destroying surface tension which allows the crystal core to infiltrate and destabilize ice thereby speeding melting.

4. The proprietary traction agent provides slip protection.

5. Safe Paw attracts solar energy to provide additional melting capacity during daylight hours.

6. For black ice, scratch with a shovel before applying the ice melter to break surface tension thereby ensuring the ice melter's effectiveness.

Some tips when using Safe Paw, is that a little goes a long way. Unlike chloride based ice melters, you need not apply as much Safe Paw because it is highly concentrated. Like Barry Commoner said, 'Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.' Heed this and go get the safest ice melter on the market, Safe Paw.

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2014 – 2015 Winter Weather Snow Fall Review

This winter has been one for the record books, and it is not over yet. Many areas of the US, especially in the Northeast, have seen record winter snow fall – over 8 feet of snow in some areas. Naturally this means lots of plowing, shoveling, and snow and ice removal.

Unfortunately it also means slipping and falling on snow and ice, with the resulting pain and possible injury – and even liability, if you are a property owner. Of course, it is better to avoid walking on slippery surfaces at all, and many cities require property owners to keep their walkways free of snow and ice. Ways to do this include:

• Plowing, although this is really only practical for large areas like parking lots or roads; you can’t drive a snowplow on a sidewalk!

• Snow blowers are effective and can be used on smaller areas like sidewalks and pathways with relative ease. With the amount of snow many areas have had this winter, they’ve certainly gotten plenty of use. Of course you need a place to store them when not in use, and a good, reliable one can be expensive.

• Shoveling, the reliable old-fashioned method of snow removal, is still one of the best. It is effective, low-tech, and low-cost. And of course it is also a real workout and takes a lot of time.

Even with most snow removal methods, there is almost always some snow or ice remaining, frozen to the surface or packed down from people walking on it. This can be even more slippery than fresh snow, and is harder to remove. Ways to remove this last dangerous layer of slippery mayhem include:

• Salt – rock salt, or salt pellets designed and sold specifically to melt ice, does indeed melt ice and snow. However, it is also a corrosive and even hazardous substance, that can damage automobiles and plants, even the walkways and streets it is applied to, and harm pets and children when it gets on their skin.

• A salt-free ice melt product, like Safepaw. This is a crystalline amide-core product that melts ice more effectively than salt, and is safe for pets and children. It also leaves a protective coating on the walking surface so that the next time Mother Nature dumps a load of snow, it doesn’t form a layer of ice to scrape away – or slip on. And it will not harm plants or the environment.

It will be hard to top the winter snow fall we’ve experienced this season; records were set in many parts of the country, and of course it’s not over yet in some areas. Be safe when you venture out: walk carefully to avoid slipping and falling, and protect yourself if you do fall. Protect yourself and others on your own property by removing snow and ice, and applying a safe ice melting product to melt that last, most dangerous slippery layer.