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WINTER HOME SAFETY TIPS - OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

Winter has arrived!! Along with the fun part of winter such as building a snowman, tobogganing and skiing comes the not-so-nice things such as icy walkways and driveways.  Here are some suggestions to help you keep the outside of your home safe for everyone coming to your home!

Sidewalks can become very dangerous this time of year from snow and ice. Keep your sidewalks and driveway shovelled and be sure to dress warm, stretch before you start and take breaks as needed.

There are many kinds of products available to help melt ice, but there are some that can damage your concrete. If you have concrete sidewalks or dirveways you should avoid products with the following:

  • Aluminum chloride
  • Calcium sulfite
  • Sodium cyanide
  • Ammonium chloride
  • Calcium carbonate

Better options are regular rock salt, pottasium chloride or calcium magnesium acetate which is also bio-degradable.

Consider landscaping lighting such as solar lights to use along edges to help navigate winter pathways.

Maintenance is always important - check regularly throughout the year for cracks or heaving that can be repaired and will help prevent accidents, especially when hidden by the snow.

Source: https://www.builddirect.com/blog/keeping-winter-walkways-clear-and-safe-strategies/