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NEXT Weather Alert Issued In Minneapolis: 5 Essential Tips To Consider While Applying Ice Melt Products

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MINNEAPOLIS — With early rain turning to snow by Thursday afternoon, potentially snarling the evening commute, a NEXT Weather Alert has been issued.

The day is off to a warm start, with the Twin Cities already seeing its high of 45 degrees. Rain will move in by mid-morning, and with temperatures dropping throughout the day, the precipitation will turn to snow by 2 p.m.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for much of the state starting at 1 p.m. and lasting through Friday morning. The metro could see 2 to 3 inches of snow accumulate.


When winter strikes, ice melt products become essential for ensuring safety and preventing slips and falls. However, not all ice melt products are created equal, and it’s important to know how to apply them effectively. In this article, we’ll share five essential tips to consider while applying ice melt products, so you can keep your walkways clear and safe during the winter season.

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1. Apply It In The Right Way

It’s important to read all the instructions mentioned in your ice melt. If you don’t read it, you might overuse it or underuse it. Also, make sure that you use it correctly because all the ice melts are different, and so are their using methods. For example, if you use a product that consists of calcium or magnesium chloride, you’ll need to cover your hand before applying it as it can be harmful to your skin.

However, using a product that consists of Ammonium Nitrate, Calcium Sulfate, Aluminum Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Cyanide, etc., isn’t recommended as they can be harmful to you and the environment. Safe Paw is a urea ice melt that is entirely safe to use.

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2. Properly Clean And Remove Ice Melt

In order to properly apply ice melt to icy surfaces, you must first remove any excess ice melt by using a shovel or broom. The goal is to remove the extra product that has not yet melted or dispersed. Once this is complete, you are ready for the application of the new product!

To avoid sweeping ice melt into streets and other areas where it may cause harm, it is very important that you do this in front of your house only (if applicable).

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3. No Sunlight

Keep ice melts out of the reach of moisture, air, and sunlight.

Open bags of ice melt should be kept away from moisture, air, and sunlight in airtight containers. Your bags or containers should be sealed. Exposed ice melt absorbs moisture, causing the product to degrade, cluster, and harden.

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4. Use Your Ice Melt Products Properly And Safely

Wear appropriate protective eyewear and gloves to protect your eyes and skin from ice melters, which are hygroscopic and pull moisture from the skin. Excessive use can harm building materials and vegetation while also increasing costs. Drop spreaders are the most effective for narrow pathways and walks.

5. Choose Your Ice Melt Wisely

While the primary job of an ice melter is to melt the ice, not all ice melts are the same. You need to be cautious while choosing your ice melt. This is because the wrong ice melt can have consequences and affect concrete, pets, children, and sometimes even grown-ups. There are many ice melt alternatives but choose the one that is 100% safe for you as well as the environment. 

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