Home Maintenance Tip: Sprinkle sand or salt for traction

HomeZada Home Maintenance Sprinkle Sand or Salt for TractionWell with all the snow hitting various parts of the United States this week, we wanted to remind those living in cold weather climates to protect themselves during snow storms. When snow and ice form on your driveways and walkways during the winter, after removing the snow using shovels, snow blowers or plows, remember to sprinkle sand or salt on these areas to help further eliminate the snow and ice.

Black ice and other thin layers of ice are an extreme and unexpected slipping hazard, and you need to protect your family and visitors that enter your home by having safe driveways and walkways. Common slips and falls on these thin layers of ice can hurt people and cause serious bodily damage, so it is good to be diligent in watching out for these icy conditions and taking the appropriate steps to eliminate them if possible. Adding salt and sand can help you reduce the risk of black ice.

How to deice your driveway and sidewalk

Depending on the thickness of the ice, you may need different approaches.  With thicker ice, you will need a pick to break up the ice, and then a shovel to get it off the driveway.  For thinner ice, you can use either sand to get traction for a vehicle, or you can use salt to melt away the ice.

Stay safe and warm if you are in an area of cold weather and snow and ice conditions.  For more winter maintenance tips, visit the HomeZada library.