Magnesium chloride is replacing rock salt for melting and preventing ice accumulation. Magnesium chloride is far less harmful to plant life, steel or iron and concrete when used on roadways before freezing precipitation begins to fall. It can also be used in crystallized form to de-ice sidewalks and drive ways. Magnesium chloride is also more effective in preventing surfaces from re-freezing after application than some other products.
Magnesium chloride can make winter far safer, helping to prevent skidding and crashes on roadways, slips and falls on sidewalks and delays getting to school and work. In northern climates, Magnesium chloride can reduce liability to businesses and stores when ice and snow make entry ways and exits treacherous for customers and passers by. Employees are also far safer, making fewer workmen's comp claims, when ice and snow has been removed by a product such as Magnesium chloride.
Magnesium chloride releases fewer chlorides into the environment than some other de-icing products. Chloride can pollute the ground, draining into streams, lakes and rivers. It is less harmful to plants, trees, shrubbery and grasses. It is also less harmful to concrete sidewalks and driveways, especially if the concrete has not been mixed and poured to handle some of the more damaging de-icing products.
Magnesium chloride should never be used near electrical utility equipment. Though it is less harmful than many of the ice preventing and ice melting products available on the market, it can damage electrical utility equipment over time with corrosion. The constant process of freezing and thawing that naturally occurs in colder climates during the winter can not be helped. This process usually damages concrete more than the use of Magnesium chloride as an ice prevention or ice melting product.
Magnesium chloride is also not toxic to humans and animals. In some formulas, it actually has medical purposes. It is certainly less harmful than injuries and accidents caused by ice and snow that accumulate on walkways, driveways, streets and sidewalks. Home owners' insurance claims and business owners' injury claims on insurance policies rise during the winter due to slips, falls and accidents. This leads to higher premiums for all insurance customers.
Elderly people and small children are especially susceptible to injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. Head injuries are common, and hip fractures are particularly serious in older people. Pets can also fall and become injured in icy situations. Use a safe, effective product for de-icing steps, patios, sidewalks and other surfaces that pets use regularly. A safer, non toxic product that causes less damage to steel, iron, concrete and other outdoor structures is important for winter safety.
Auto insurance claims are also higher during ice and winter weather. You can easily loose more money than you would make in a day at the office paying deductibles and renting a car while repairs are made. Highway departments are increasingly depending on Magnesium chloride to keep roadways safe and accident free on icy days. It is effective when used both before and after the ice accumulates on roadways.