There are various ice melt products on the market for you to choose from. There are basic ice melts like sodium chloride (rock salt) to advance blends such as calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. Each product melts ice at different rates and temperatures, but also affects the environment around them in different ways as well. Be sure to read the label and any precautions listed for the ice melt product you intend to use. Seek out and pay special attention to how the product affects or can cause damage to the surfaces you intend to treat, how the product can damage or kill grass or plants in your landscapes, if the product is dangerous for children or pets, and the appropriate application rates and frequencies. With a little research, you will find the safest and most appropriate ice melt product for your needs.