Deicing your property in the wintertime can be tricky, especially if you want to rely on something other than chemical-based deicers. Thankfully, there are several ways to do this safely and effectively melt ice. Hot water is excellent for spot treatment in areas where the ice is thick because it is less likely to freeze as quickly as cold water. Setting up fans facing the icy spots and splashing saltwater onto them with a broom can also be effective at getting rid of frozen patches. Covering driveways and pathways with sand or kitty litter can help provide traction for those traversing slippery surfaces. For large-scale solutions, investing in heated mats or coils that run off electricity are great long-term options that melt snow and ice continuously throughout the winter season as temperatures drop. Portable metal or concrete blocks heated by flame may also do the trick when dealing with persistent icy regions on your property.