posted on Jan, 28 2013 @ 04:37 PM
Walking home today I spotted a truck spraying the entire road with liquid de-icer (it's now snowing here in the northeast U.S.).
Just before this I stopped to rest near a river and watched a few ducks diving for food. My brain connected these two things and I had to ask myself,
"Are the ingredients in that deicer safe for the environment?" Sooner or later the melting snow, or a heavy rain, is going to wash all that deicer
into the sewers that drain into the rivers, and eventually into the ocean.
I did a search for the ingredients of deicer, and so far I've only come up with a site that guarantees that deicers are environmentally friendly
without listing the chemicals in them.
And then I hit upon this site: How to protect your pets from
road salt and deicer
Though this article doesn't say WHY deicer is bad for pets, it makes me wonder how safe deicer can be if we have to watch out for this:
"Wiping that stuff off their paws is extremely important, because the first thing they are going to do is sit down and start licking off their
paws," she warns. Nelson warns that could mean been trouble. "All of those chemicals, all of those things they have just come in with are going
straight into their G.I. tracts and possibly into their bloodstream."
If ingesting this stuff isn't good for house pets, how healthy can it be for the ducks I watched, for the food they were eating in the water, and for
If people have more information on this you are very welcome to post it here.
edit on 1/28/2013 by jiggerj because: (no reason