Snow Melting Mats a Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup at Minot Air Force Base

Snow Melting Mats a Creative Solution to Snow and Ice Buildup at Minot Air Force Base

Doraville, GA, October 23, 2017—Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota is home to the 5th Bomb Wing, the 91st Missile Wing,  and a total population of some 5,500.  With winter temperatures in Minot plunging into the single digits and below, and snowfall accumulation averaging 47 inches a year, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern at the base. To meet the challenge of outdoor safety, the facility maintenance team there recently installed HeatTrak Snow Melting Mats all around the grounds to keep walkways clear of snow and ice.

“In the past we used salt and chemicals to keep the walkways clear, but heavy foot traffic was bringing residue into buildings, damaging concrete surfaces and interior floors, and creating a safety hazard.  We have a lot of walkways and we needed an alternative solution.  We found it with HeatTrak,” said Sgt. Matthew Matlock.   

HeatTrak’s 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 Minot by keeping walkways at the base clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue the team there had is a common one at large workplace facilities.  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 HeatTrak mats we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Matlock 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

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