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What To Put on Icy Steps, Stairs, Walkways, and Garage Floors

Make slippery surfaces safer in winter with 4 chemical-free products.

Person slipping on icy walkway. Photo by Jason Schneider

Winter surfaces may be slick with snow, ice, and slush, but these chemical-free solutions will help you walk with confidence in four key danger zones. Here are 4 areas you’ll want to secure safely and what to use.

How to Prevent Icy Steps

Person sweeping snow of steps and ice breaker stair mat.

Use Rubberized Treads

Before icy weather sets in, add rubberized Ice Breaker Stair Treads to steps. In freezing weather, these cushy mats release ice with a stomp of the foot so that you can brush it away without danger.

Ice Breaker Mats, from $15; vermontcountrystore.com

How to Prevent Icy Sidewalks

EcoTraction volcanic-mineral granules to prevent icy sidewalks.

Use Granules for Better Footing

Sure, ice melts are one way to go. Another: EcoTraction volcanic-mineral granules, which embed into ice to help provide secure footing.

About $18 for a 10-pound bag; amazon.com

How to Keep Snow Off Your Front Entry

HeatTrak door mat to melt ice off your front entry way.

Ice-Melting Doormat

An electric doormat melts snow as it falls, at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour to keep up with heavy storms.

HeatTrak 24-by-36-inch mat, from $110; heattrak.com

How to Secure Your Garage Floor

Two rolls of Safety Walk Slip Resistant tape.

Use Slip-Resistant Tapes and Treads

Stay steady on your feet with 3M Safety-Walk Slip-Resistant General Purpose Tapes and Treads, which help lend some traction to smooth garage floors that can get slick when ice and snow melt off your car.

About $64 for a 60-foot roll; shop3m.com