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March 6, 2015 3:04 PM EST

Winter surfaces may be slick with snow, ice, and slush, but these chemical-free solutions will help you walk with confidence in four key danger zones.

Front Entry: Ice-Melting Doormat

An electric doormat melts snow as it falls, at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour to keep up with heavy storms.

HeatTrak 24-by-36-inch mat, from $110; heattrak.com

Stoop Stairs: Rubberized Treads

Before icy weather sets in, add rubberized Ice Breaker Stair Treads to steps. In freezing weather, these cushy mats release ice with a stomp of the foot so that you can brush it away without danger.

Ice Breaker Mats, from $15; vermontcountrystore.com

Sidewalk: Granules for Better Footing

Sure, ice melts are one way to go. Another: EcoTraction volcanic-mineral granules, which embed into ice to help provide secure footing.

About $18 for a 10-pound bag; amazon.com

Garage Floor: Slip-Resistant Tapes and Treads

Stay steady on your feet with 3M Safety-Walk Slip-Resistant General Purpose Tapes and Treads, which help lend some traction to smooth garage floors that can get slick when ice and snow melt off your car.

About $64 for a 60-foot roll; shop3m.com

This article originally appeared on This Old House.

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