Coming From A Colder City, I’ve Got Some Advice For Kelowna People
Here’s what the Farmer’s Almanac predicts about the weather in Kelowna, winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and generally below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in late November, early to mid-December, late January, and the latter half of February, with the snowiest periods in mid-to-late November, early to mid-December, and mid-to-late February.
That means a lot is still to come. So, how are you prepared for the rest of the season?
Concrete Safe Ice Melt
I’m originally from a way colder and wetter place than Kelowna, where constant salting every road and every sidewalk all winter is the norm. I never liked it. I see so many people here also doing the same thing. And here are the reasons why I don’t want you to salt your sidewalk or steps and what to do instead.
1. Salt Is Damaging –
Salt or chloride-based ice melts can wreak significant damage to the otherwise highly durable and super strong concrete and asphalt driveways. When the salt comes in contact with water, it percolates into the crevices of the concrete, forming a solution called brine. As the temperature increases and decreases, the freeze-thaw cycle damages the surface resulting in cracks.
2. Dogs Hate It –
Sidewalk salt is the bane of my dog’s (and now my) existence. You can look up videos on youtube of people putting salt on their hand/skin and an ice cube on top of the salt. You can easily see how it causes skin burns. Unfortunately, as much as my dog hates salt, he hates boots even more. And the chances are your pet hates both of them too.
3. Use It If You Don’t Love Your Car –
Salt is horrific for cars. It’s the main reason for rusting. Certain salts are worse than others. Mag chloride is awful.
So, how to clear snow from pavements, driveway, and open areas without causing any damages?
Here’s what I discovered after a lot of trial and error. And if it has worked well in my city where winters are more severe, it can work for you here. The product name is Safe Paw. I was surprised to find how well it does its job of removing the snow and even prevents it from sticking to the surface for up to three days. It’s the only non-corrosive ice melt I’ve ever found. After using Safe Paw, it becomes so easy to clear the snow.
Here’s what makes it the best ice melt safe for new concrete –
It is composed of a modified crystalline amide core infused with a special glycol admixture and traction agent. On contact with snow, the outer layer attacks immediately while the crystal core penetrates slowly to eliminate all snow and ice. Thereby keeping your concrete, roof, pets, and garden safe from the snow and chemicals as well.
It’s chemical-free, salt-free, and acetate-free
It is 100% pet-safe, eco-friendly and non-corrosive
Traction Magic – Walk On Ice
The handy disposable canister can be taken everywhere with the same 100% naturally occurring minerals that provide instant traction on ice. Use it on sidewalks, steps, or as an instant traction agent for your car.
Imagine an ice melt you can put down and never worry about. It won’t harm animals or children, and it won’t damage your property. That’s Safe Thaw. Unlike anything else on the market, Safe Thaw can change how winter affects our planet.