As a Utah garage builder, we’re committed to helping you stay safe this winter. Slips and falls on icy driveways and slippery sidewalks are a major cause of winter injury. Luckily, with a little bit of effort, you can keep your driveways and sidewalks safe this winter and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries as the snow starts to fall.

Shovel your driveway and sidewalks right after it snows.

While shoveling can be a pain, it is best to get it done right after the snow stops falling. If you wait around to shovel, the snow will harden and turn to ice. Not only does this make it more difficult to get things clean and clear; it will also make surfaces much icier and slipperier.

Don’t use de-icing products that contain ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate.

Any kind of de-icing product that contains ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate could seriously damage your driveway or sidewalk. These harsh chemicals will erode even the most durable masonry, doing damage to concrete work or brickwork.

Your best bet is to use a product with magnesium chloride.

This chemical is able to melt away snow and ice at temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit, and is only minimally damaging to your driveway, sidewalk, and the surrounding vegetation. Remember, while a de-icing agent can prevent your friends and family from slipping on your driveway or sidewalk, it is best to use them sparingly. And during long thaws, make sure to wash away any de-icing residue.

Spread sand or fine gravel.

Sand or fine gravel spread across your driveway and sidewalk improves traction, making these surfaces much less slippery. This is an especially good option for extra cold days when de-icing products might not be as effective.

Avoid creating big snow piles.

Avoid shoveling all the snow that accumulates across your sidewalks and driveway into one big pile by the edge of the road. This can obstruct the vision of both you and other drivers, making accidents more likely as you pull out of your driveway. Dispersing shoveled snow evenly allows it to melt evenly when the weather warms.

You can trust the Utah garage builders at Bonfire Building to ensure that your garage stands up to winter weather. Take care to keep the rest of your exteriors safe as well.