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A Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup at Idaho Power Company

A Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup at Idaho Power Company

A Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup at Idaho Power CompanyDoraville, GA, August 2019—With winter temperatures in New Plymouth, ID, dipping into the teens and low 20s, and snowfall rates averaging 13 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at the power plant of the Idaho Power Company located there. Some 40 miles northwest of Boise and at an elevation of more than 2,200 feet, the plant’s facility maintenance team recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System to keep a stairwell clear of snow and ice during the harsh winter months.  

“In the past we used salt and chemicals to keep the stairwell free of ice and snow,” said Materials Coordinator James Jones. “But the heavy foot traffic associated with this area was tracking residue into the building, damaging interior floors, and creating a safety hazard.  We knew we needed an alternative solution and we found it with HeatTrak.”

HeatTrak’s heated snow melting mat systems are designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation at industrial facilities and commercial environments, according to senior HeatTrak product specialist Ryan Williams. He explained that HeatTrak mats prevent new snow from accumulating by melting it on contact at a rate of two inches per hour.

“Our snow melting mats are durable and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They are making a significant difference at Idaho Power by keeping the stairwell clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue the utility had is common at facilities with heavy foot traffic. Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Williams said.

HeatTrak is the original inventor of portable snow melting mats. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America, the company has become the industry expert in snow removal matting products.  Its electrically heated snow melting mats plug into any standard 120V, 208V or 240V electrical outlet, melting snow and ice on contact. HeatTrak products help facility managers reduce slip-and-fall rates, thereby reducing their liability exposure and helping to lower their insurance premiums.

“Keeping people safe is our number-one priority. With the HeatTrak system we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Jones said.

HeatTrak is the developer and primary manufacturer of outdoor heated matting products. Founded in 2004, the company’s products are an efficient, convenient, and economical way to eliminate snow and ice accumulation around the workplace.  More than 50,000 mats are in use throughout North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities.  Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at