Ice Control Tips & Tricks

Towards the end of winter daily freeze and thaw cycles can make managing ice on walkways and sidewalks an ongoing job.

As the sun warms up during the day it melts snow accumulated during the winter. The melted snow flows onto sidewalks and walkways where it freezes overnight when temperatures drop. Residents and business owners are responsible for keeping the sidewalks adjacent to their properties ice and snow free as per the Town of Peace River’s Sidewalk Snow Removal Bylaw.

To help melt the ice and keep it away we’re sharing these tips and tricks, adapted from, on how to make the best use of ice melt and traction products can help residents keep their properties safe and attractive.

Not using it

Whether it’s an effort to save money or time, this could be an expensive mistake. Ice melt or traction enhancing materials play a key role in preventing slip/fall accidents and property damage.

Using too much

Many people believe that if a little ice melt works well, then a lot must do a better job. Overuse can lead to the product being tracked into buildings or harming vegetation. As the adage runs: “When all else fails, read the instructions.” The packaging should list recommended quantities for a given area.

Applying it wrong

Once again- read the instructions: for application, personal & pet safety and helping maintain the integrity of the surface you’re applying it to. Remember, one application is rarely enough, depending on the freeze-thaw cycle.

Using the wrong kind

There are all kinds of de-icers available. What makes them different is how quickly they will work and at what temperatures. Generally, if a de-icer works quickly or at lower temperatures – it will cost more. Ask yourself – do I need to melt the ice or provide traction?

Not cleaning it up

Don’t throw ice, snow or slush onto the street where it can pose a danger to vehicle traffic. Tracked in salt, ice melt and sand are unattractive and are potentially damaging to floors. A mop & bucket, broom or vacuum are essential.