If you live in a place where it snows a lot and often, you know the problems associated with ice and snow. Ice and snow increase the likelihood of accidents, can ruin rain gutters, and make it easier to injure yourself from falling. Don’t worry! There are plenty of things you can do to evade these problems.
Avoid Slipping on Ice
One year, I literally slipped and fell on ice at least four times a week because I didn’t have proper snow shoes. I always had terrible bumps and bruises all over my body, but, thankfully, I never broke anything.
One of the best ways to ensure your safety as you traverse across icy lands is to save up the money to get some shoes with traction on them. That way, you will be much less likely to fall and injure yourself on ice.
To ensure that you do not slip on ice around your own home, you can put down sidewalk heating mats and stair heating mats on the places where you, your family, and your company would usually walk, providing everyone you know with protection from falling, at least while they are in or around your home.
Avoid Getting Stuck in the Snow
My boyfriend’s parents live up next to the Snowbird ski resort in Sandy, Utah, and, needless to say, they always receive a lot of snow every year. We went to visit them recently for New Year’s and, unfortunately, our car got stuck in the snow and ice on the side of the road. We had to stay the night, and, the following morning, it took us an hour and a half to shovel the car out of the snow.
To avoid having this unfortunate problem yourself, there are several things you can do. First of all, you should keep some ice-melting salt in your car in a little bag or container. That way, you can give your tires the traction they need to get off the ice or snow.
Secondly, you could put down sidewalk heating mats before the snow starts to fall. They can help melt about two inches of snow per hour. They also prevent ice from forming on sidewalks or driveways. Thanks to the features on the mats that are designed for ice prevention, Utah citizens can keep themselves from being too bothered by the snow.
Protect Your Rain Gutters
When snow and ice builds up in your rain gutters, it can divert the flow of water when the snow starts to melt and can damage the rain gutter itself. To prevent this from happening, you should invest in a heat tape system for your roof and gutter.
A heat tape (or heat cable) system will melt the snow as it falls, making it possible for water to continue down the gutter and also preventing ice from building up.
Get Protection from Snow and Ice!
It’s never too late or too early to start protecting you, your vehicle, and your home from the problems that snow and ice create. Look into ice prevention systems now!
By Kassandra Konecny
Kassandra Konecny has been a web content writer for approximately six years now and mostly writes for heat trace specialists, plumbing companies, and HVAC companies. When she is not writing or researching, she attends the University of Utah to study both English and psychology.