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.:
- The US Environmental Protection Agency Safer Choice Standard Award
- Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Green Product Seal of Approval for products that are family-friendly and effective
- Inclusion in the Whole Green Catalog – 1000 Best Things for the Earth
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.