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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ready for the ice today?


       We all know we live in an area that gets its share of ice in the winter.  We seem to always be caught between the rain to our South and the snow to our North.  It looks like today's track is following this Route 95 pattern.  Hope you have your deicers handy today.  Not all deicers are the same and we should be cognizant of the harmful effects of some deicers on the environment and especially the Chesapeake Bay.  The deicer to use is magnesium chloride.  It only moderately impacts the environment and works best with the very cold weather we are going to have this week.  Thanks to Rhoda Toback for the information from the Feds on deicers.

   Just a reminder that homeowners are responsible to clear sidewalks in front and behind their homes.  The Howard County code states:

"The owner of property abutting a sidewalk in a public right-of-way is responsible for removing snow from the sidewalk within 48 hours after the snow has fallen. In the event of a multi-unit building with more than one occupant, it shall be the duty of the lessor to remove the snow unless the lessor has obligated a tenant who is actually occupying the property to do so. (Howard County Code, Section 18.402(h)."


    Another interesting way to minimize the avoid using salt is to lay down a sheet of heavy gauge plastic on your sidewalk before the snow starts and then pull it up after the snow is done.  Clear sidewalk and no salt.  The plastic that you lay down on your carpets before painting works for this task.

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We were on Jeopardy recently!

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