If you’re like many people living in New Jersey, New York or throughout the Northeast, you likely don’t give much thought on an everyday basis to rock salt. That is, until the snow starts to fall, or like today, the roads become covered with slick and impassable ice.
Rock salt is the key to keeping roads free from ice and snow – a must have for this time of year. When the white stuff starts to fall, or we experience any type of icy precipitation, we don’t have the luxury of simply staying put to ride out the storm until it is not only over, but the roads are once again safe enough for travel. Rather, it us up to government agencies, municipalities, property owners, building managers and business owners to make sure that any surfaces that people must drive or walk on are free from ice and are safe for transport.
Major public roads aren’t the only surfaces that require treatment so that snow and ice can melt and cars can gain traction without skidding or sliding. Some complexes, such as industrial areas or multi-family housing developments, have private roads that require their own management of snow and ice removal. Stores, schools, hospitals and other commercial properties have parking lots that must not only be plowed to remove any build-up of snow, but also require the spreading of salt so that any underlying ice melts quickly to make passage safe, whether by wheel or by foot.
Another factor to consider is that sidewalks, steps, front stoops and entrance areas must remain clear and ice-free so that pedestrians don’t slip or fall as they continue to go about their daily activities, unstopped by the wintry weather that is […]