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Snow 101: Separating fact from fiction for businesses



As winter approaches, businesses need to navigate the challenges posed by snow and ice effectively, so we’re separating fact vs fiction and giving practical tips for snow management

Key Highlights

Is snow always a business concern?

Is more deicer better?

Can all snow be easily removed by a shovel?

Winter is almost here. Snow and ice can be a significant frustration and cause difficulty for business. Does your business know how to handle snow? We’re separating fact vs. fiction and have some excellent tips on how to deal with snow effectively and efficiently. 

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Fiction: Snow is just frozen water
Fact: While it is true that snow is made up of frozen water, it is not just frozen water. Snow is a complex crystalline structure formed when water vapor in the atmosphere condenses into ice crystals. These ice crystals then join together to form snowflakes, which can take on various shapes and sizes.

Fiction: Snow is not a serious business concern
Fact: While snow can be a lot of fun, it can also be a serious business concern. Snow and ice can create hazardous conditions for employees and customers and can also cause damage to property and equipment. In addition, snow and ice can disrupt transportation and logistics, leading to delays and increased business costs.

Fiction: Snow can be easily removed with a shovel
Fact: While it is true that snow can be removed with a shovel, it is not always easy or practical to do so. In some cases, snow may be too heavy or too deep to be effectively removed with a shovel, and in other cases, snow may need to be removed from hard-to-reach areas such as rooftops and awnings.

Fiction: More deicer is better
Fact: Some people believe using more deicer and salt is better by default. However, using too much deicer or salt can turn the area into a soupy mess, cause unpleasant chemical side effects, or even harm the local water supply. Also, some deicers can damage concrete. 

Fiction: Pouring hot water over ice is effective
Fact: It is a common myth that pouring hot water over an icy surface effectively removes ice. In reality, hot water doesn't stay hot for long and will eventually refreeze, forming black ice, which is even more dangerous to walk or drive on.

By debunking these myths and understanding the facts about snow and ice management, businesses can effectively deal with snow and ice, minimize risks, and ensure the safety of their employees and customers.

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