If you have pets, harsh chemical de-icers  can be hazardous. Not only could their delicate paws get a chemical burn from a chemical de-icing product, but pets can even be poisoned if they lick de-icer from their paws.
You can protect your furry friends by choosing a pet-safe de-icing product sold at many of the large pet store chains.
Another option is to use sand or gravel for traction on ice, instead of de-icing. But be sure to sweep up between storms, as both of these can get messy.
Chemical de-icers are also bad news for carpeting and wood floors  when you track them indoors on your shoes.
Choose a de-icing product carefully and you’ll keep your pets and your home in great shape all winter long.