With the holidays just around the corner, 'tis the season for
ice and snow in many parts of the country. As you ready your home
for the influx of dinner guests, try these tips for keeping your
walkways clear and your visitors on firm footing.
1. Rock salt is still the de-icer of choice for many of us. It's
inexpensive and effective, dissolving snow and ice on contact. But
be careful: salt can corrode concrete and be harmful to pets and
2. Alternatives to salt include calcium chloride and magnesium
chloride. Available in crystal or liquid form, they can be applied
as anti-icers before a storm and as de-icers afterward. They're
costlier than salt, though, and can damage floors and carpets when
3. A surefire defense against slippery sidewalks remains good
old-fashioned elbow grease. If possible, start shoveling
immediately after the snow falls and before it gets packed into
ice. Just don't overexert yourself.
4. If you don't have time to de-ice, spread sand or cat litter on
slick surfaces to provide traction and help prevent houseguests and
other pedestrians from slipping and falling.
5. Since there are no guarantees against injuries on slippery
walkways, it pays to protect yourself from potential fallout.
Umbrella insurance covers you against claims beyond those included
in a homeowners policy, including lawsuits arising from injuries
sustained in and around your home.
Call 1-800-841-0728 or visit geico.com to learn more
about the GEICO Personal Umbrella Policy.