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St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, PA, Reduces Snow and Ice Buildup, Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, PA, Reduces Snow and Ice Buildup, Liability Risk with Snow Melting Mats

St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, PA, Reduces Snow and Ice Buildup, Liability Risk with Snow Melting MatsDoraville, GA, September 18, 2018—Located in the snow belt that stretches from Cleveland, OH, to Syracuse, NY, the city of Erie, PA, typically experiences cold winters with heavy lake-effect snow accumulations averaging 113 inches a year, as well as stretches of mild weather that cause the accumulated snow to melt and create a major hazard when the runoff refreezes.  With the weather wreaking havoc outdoors, safety is a major concern at St. Peter Cathedral, where the facility maintenance team recently installed a HeatTrak Snow Melting Mat System to keep the cathedral entrance free of snow and ice.

“We typically use salt and chemicals to keep outdoor areas clear,” said Roger Dall, part of the team.  “But heavy foot traffic was tracking residue into the building, making the entrance look unsightly, creating a safety hazard and damaging interior floors.  We knew we needed an alternative solution and we found it with HeatTrak.”  

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 St. Peter Cathedral by keeping the entrance clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness.  The issue they had at the cathedral is common at facilities with heavy foot traffic.  Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Dall 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 parishioners and visitors 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,” Dall 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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