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Potassium acetate can be used as a deicer instead of chloride salts such as calcium chloride or magnesium chloride. It offers the advantage of being less aggressive on soils and much less corrosive, and for this reason is preferred for airport runways. It is, however, more expensive. Potassium acetate is also the extinguishing agent used in class K fire extinguishers because of its ability to cool and form a crust over burning oils.
Potassium Acetate represents a significant improvement on liquid de-icing fluids. Potassium Acetate is clear, ordorless, and is an easy-handling solution. The unique features and benefits of Potassium Acetate make it an ideal alternative to conventional ice melt applications:
1. Environmentally Friendly
non-toxic and non-hazardous to plant and animal life
non-damaging to most surfaces including concrete, metals, wood, gutters, lawns, and vegetation
has a very low biological oxygen demand (BOD) rate and contains no phosphates or urea.
The lower the BOD rate, the quicker it decomposes into environmentally safe components. Chloride-based de-icers (calcium and magnesium chloride) accumulate in the environment as harmful salts which can be damaging to plant and animal life - including fish.
2. High Performance Liquid Ice Melt
works longer and better than magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, and traditional rock salts!
improved wetting and spreading
fluid sticks to the surface and lasts longer between applications
- rapid drying - making treated surfaces available for use in less time
3. FAA-Approved Potassium Acetate Runway De-Icing Fluid