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Know the difference between ice melt and rock salt – a mistake and it could cost you

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Jan 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-16 12:30:15-05

RICHMOND, Va. — As a significant winter storm is expected to lay a thick layer of snow on roads, sidewalks and front porches around Central Virginia, some of you might be ready to melt away potentially dangerous slick spots. If you plan to use ice melt or rock salt to do the trick, it is important to know the products are not interchangeable.

“Ice melt is safer to concrete,” Donald Rackley, of Thacker Ace Hardware in Petersburg, said. “Rock salt is too coarse and would damage concrete sidewalks.”

Rackley said rock salt would be more appropriate for roads and large asphalt parking lots.