When a snowstorm hits your region, more comes to mind than just snowball fights and pretty snowflakes. Snow and ice sticks to roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and driveways, leaving a messy, slippery situation at hand. An excessive amount of ice can lead to hydroplaning when driving and falling when walking outside. To keep your family and community safe, removing ice from these areas is a necessity.
The best way to remove ice is by using a granular spreader to distribute salt or ice melt along the ground. This lowers the freezing point of water, prohibiting the ice to freeze and the road to become slippery. It also provides traction, making it safer for driving and walking.
Ice Removal Tips
Without preparation, removing ice can be a dangerous task in itself. Before you begin the removal, consider these tips to stay safe and efficient throughout the process.
- It’s important to have a plan that ensures you are safe during spreading. The best results come from planning ahead of snowfalls and storms. Before heading outside on the ice, make sure you have proper steps in place.
Apply before snowfall
- Instead of waiting until after the ice has formed, apply salt or ice melt ahead of time. Be aware of when storms are coming. This will help diminish slippery surfaces quickly and decrease any risks of accidents.
Take it slow
- When spreading salt or ice melt, walk slowly to avoid throwing it in unwanted areas. This will also keep you safe from accidentally slipping during application.
Avoid excessive application
- Salt or ice melt can potentially harm your landscape. Do not overuse it to prevent any damage on lawns and floors.
Use protective equipment
- Safety is of the utmost importance. While removing ice, be sure to wear personal protective equipment. This includes protective eyewear, gloves, non-slip shoes, and outerwear.
- After application, keep the salt or ice melt stored away in a dry area away from moisture and sunlight.
The best and easiest approach to removing ice from roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and driveways is to use a granular spreader. Our TGS30 model is ideal for both professional and personal use, as it contains a motorized backpack for comfort and ease of use while spreading materials. Using a motorized granular spreader cuts down on labor time, making it 20 times faster than a manual spreader. In less than 30 minutes, you can cover one acre of land and reach up to 30ft horizontally, allowing you to spend less time working, and more time enjoying a safe, snowy environment.
When winter comes to an end, you can continue to use the granular spreader for other uses such as applying fertilizers, pesticides, granular seed, animal feed, pond algaecides, and more to your landscape.
With the help of a granular spreader, you can enjoy the winter season safely.
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