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WINTER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH TIPS

Human Health & Environment

Washington, DC’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) concluded snow and ice accumulation is contaminated by pollutants from dirt, litter, salt, cars and gas-fueled equipment, noting spring thaw allows pollutants to clog storm drains and contaminate waterways.

What can you do?
Follow some DOEE tips…

  • “Choose the right deicer”  
Use eco-friendly & pet-safe ice melt
Avoid using too much
Go non-chemical and use traction (e.g. sand or sawdust)

  • “Ice-free designs”
Use porous asphalt/ other permeable paving options

  • “Minimize your emissions”  
Use eco-friendly & pet-safe ice melt
Avoid using too much
Go non-chemical and use traction (e.g. sand or sawdust)

  • “Remove snow before it turns to ice”  

  • “Use battery, electric, or hybrid-powered snow blowers”  
Avoid gasoline spills & leaks

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