is much less toxic than Calcium Chloride,
and Sodium Chloride based on data provided by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services. In fact, a form of MAG is used as a
mineral supplement in some farm animal feedstocks.
irritating to the skin.
MAG, unlike Calcium
Chloride, is not noticeably exothermic (generates heat) when it
first comes in contact with moisture. Magnesium Chloride is unlikely
to irritate the skin or burn the skin when it contacts moist skin
When used as
directed, MAG is safer to use around plants and bushes. In fact,
Magnesium Chloride is used as an ingredient in some fertilizers.
Tests by the Strategic Highway Research Program, Washington D.C.,
using 3% solutions (representative dilution of ice melting brines)
show that Calcium Chloride caused 26 times and Sodium Chloride
caused 63 times the amount of concrete spalling than MAG.
metal surfaces less.
Tests show MAG to be
significantly less corrosive than Calcium Chloride and Sodium
Chloride on steel, tin and aluminum.
On a pound for pound
basis, MAG contains approximately
chlorides than Potassium Chloride,
less than Calcium Chloride
sodium chloride, while still maintaining its high performance level.
The application of MAG results in significantly less chloride runoff
and pollution than Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride and Sodium