Officials at Hazard Mitigation Inc. are working to develop a product that is safe and effective in the fight against downspout black ice. They also want to make sure Slick Shield does not damage property. In 1996, an Iowa State University study indicated that a study of three different types of salt compounds that are the least corrosive to pavement would be Sodium Fluoride the same compound used in Slick Shield.
Slick Shield inventor and HMI president and CEO Darin Luneckas continued his research. He was directed to a geologist named Robert Dawson of the Iowa Department of Transportation. He referred me to a study summary of the study that indicated that Sodium Chloride was the least corrosive of the different types of salt used to prevent ice or eliminate ice after it is formed.
These studies are bolstered by a HMI commission investigation into whether the Slick Shield would be affected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources or Environmental Protection Agency regulations. VJ Engineering geologist James Goodrich research Iowa water quality standards and EPA criteria, he found that there do not appear to be IDNR or EPA regulations that prohibits small scale discharges of any NaCL that would be associated with a product such as Slick Shield.
HMI officials have established that the product is safe. They also established that it works.
We were able to compare non Slick Shield downspout to a Slick Shield downspout to determine whether or not that the Slick Shield effectively prevented the creation of black ice. And we were able to determine that it did in fact at these Casey Stories do what it is suppose to do that was to prevent that downspout water in turning back to ice. The Slick Shield was hooked at three Cedar Rapids Casey locations and was monitored for safety and effectiveness.
Raw amateur video shows that the Slick Shield worked on location at Casey’s. The Slick Shield was tested at other locations as well. A letter of endorsement from Hawkeye Oil Company which specifically address whether or not customers or managers on-site had any complaints about it being a tripping hazards during the two months it was there. There was not one single complaint.
Insurance companies are also taking an interest in the protection the Slick Shield provides. David Conner is Vice President of claims at United Fire Group, he says, “as Vice President and Chief Claims Officer of United Fire Group, I would recommend for use of Slick Shield for any business where the need exist to reduce ice buildup from down spout runoff.
The risk tied to this type of hazard, the associated exposure cost for injuries that do occur outweighs the reasonable costs of the product. Prevents one fall at one store the potential savings can be enormous.
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