We all know what happens in the fall, winter and early spring in Wyoming, like it or not, there's always a chance of snow. When the snow falls and turns to ice, you surely don't want to fall with it. The likelihood of that happening, if you don't treat your sidewalks and driveways, is really high.

There's a pretty good chance you've heard that using rock salt on your sidewalks and driveways isn't a good idea.

Do you know why?

According to Safe Paw, the maker of salt free ice melt, salt will corrode the concrete below the surface and cause weak concrete that could crumble and break apart. It also could be hazardous and even deadly to your pets, plants and really cause issues with your concrete and some metals that are around your property.

So if salt isn't a good idea and leaving ice on your sidewalk or driveway isn't a good idea, then what in the world are you supposed to do?

You could just stay in the house from October through June, but that can't be good for your mental health.

Sure, your could by your family those metal ice cleats that fit to the bottom of your shoe. Which isn't a bad idea, but who wants to have to keep putting those on and taking them off when going in and out of the house or businesses?

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Family Handy Man and the Farmers Almanac offer some alternative products that could be used, and chances are you have at least one or two of these laying around the house.

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