NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — From the car to the house there ways to keep you safe and warm. Install expert Jeff Parham told us how to prepare the walk way of the outside of our home. Parham says calcium chloride does a nice job of melting snow. It is easy to spread and it melts up to minus 25 degrees. But if you have pet make sure your putting down a solution that’s pet friendly.
“You don’t want to use the rock salt and you don’t want to use calcium chloride you want to use magnesium chloride,” Parham said.
From the ground to the roof. Salt pellets can break up the snow. “If it melts on your roof then it will find a way to get into your home from damming– and the ice will keep building up,” said Parham.
Roof rakes are a great way to get the snow off your roof safely. “This extends up to 16 feet and you click it in the spot and you get up on your roof and you slide all that snow off your roof,” Parham said. If your power goes out Parham says there ways you can keep warm without a fireplace or generator using an indoor safe portable propane heater.
Parham added, “If you lose power, you’re going to go in one room and use this safety wise it has an automatic shut-off for low oxygen so if it’s not enough oxygen in the air it is going to shut itself off.”
Keep warm with hand and feet warmers. Some warmers keep the heat in up to 200 hours. Parham says make sure you have a winter car kit with road salt for traction in case you get stuck and a scraper some even melt ice. Don’t forget windshield washer fluid that can repel snow and ice.
“You want that ice off there because you have to see. You have to be able to see when you’re driving,” Parham said.