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Electric Heated Sidewalk Mats for Melting Ice and Keeping Clear of Snow

Updated on November 1, 2014

Stay Safe with Electric Heated Sidewalk Mats

When we get ice and snow, I always worry about my Mom because she is unsteady on her feet and could easily fall down on a patch of ice. We try to keep her front door area and walkway clear so she can get to her mailbox and car without slipping, but it's not always easy to do.

Fortunately, now there's electric plug-in heated mats that can be used for walkways, sidewalks, ramps, stairs, and as door mats. Now I don't have to worry about her falling down, nor do I have to go over early in the morning to clear off the ice and snow.

Updated 12/8/2012

Stay Safe on Icy Steps

Stay Safe on Icy Steps
Stay Safe on Icy Steps

Industrial Quality; Melts 2 inches of snow per hour.

Perfect for Most Winter Climates

These outdoor mats for melting snow and ice are designed to be non-slip and durable. They can be left outside during the whole winter season. They will melt snow and prevent ice from building up. They are great for safety and convenience.

Video about the HeatTrak Ice Melting Mat - Fox interviews the inventor! Pretty cool. I mean, Pretty warm!

Can't plug in an electric mat? - Try a Non-Slip Mat for your walkway, ramp, or sidewalk

"Wide Rib" Rubber Flooring Mat - 1/8" Thick x 4ft x 10ft - Black Runner Mats
"Wide Rib" Rubber Flooring Mat - 1/8" Thick x 4ft x 10ft - Black Runner Mats

This mat is ideal for use as a door mat or entrance mat. It has raised bar like design to make it easy to scrape snow, ice, or dirt off of shoes at the entryway. It has drainage holes in it to stop water from accumulating. It won't melt snow like a heated mat, but it could help with safety.


Another simple option - Non-Slip Outdoor Rug / Carpet for Walkways! - great for outside steps too!

No-Slip Ice & Snow Carpet
No-Slip Ice & Snow Carpet

This has mixed reviews, but apparently works for some people! It's cheap and easy to install, so it may be worth a try!


Black Ice, Corn Snow, Freezing Rain, Fluffy Snow - - We've gotten it all this year!

I live in Western Washington, and this year we've gotten snow earlier than usual, and it's stayed around longer than usual. Last week, we had to deal with ice every day! We didn't get above freezing for long enough for the ice or snow to melt.

So, as I've been struggling with this wintery weather mix, I've been thinking about which I'd rather have.... Let's debate the topic!

Which is worse?

I hate ice!

I hate ice!

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    • Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      I guess I hate ice because you have no control on ice...I like the snow because it is beautiful to look at and much easier to drive on than ice. Yes, it's a definite "I hate ice".

    • Deadpool 4 years ago

      ice is the cause of most accident

    • Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Ice is definitely worse - especially in Western Washington!

    • laurenrose lm 5 years ago

      I love the snow, it makes everything look nicer I think, but when it melts but the weather is still freezing and it turns to ice, it no longer looks nice anymore and is such a danger!

    • hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Ice is slippery and dangerous. I almost fell on a patch of black ice. Fortunately, I ended up just doing a dance instead. But I have to work and can't get hurt! So I say, I hate ice!

    I hate snow!

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          LindseyKrelle 4 years ago

          Well - you learn something every day (at least you do on squidoo). I'd never heard of these before - what a brilliant idea - and Lens! Thanks

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          uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

          Great product and idea. I have never seen these, wished I had a little sooner.

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          RoseAEckert 4 years ago

          Heated sidewalk mats, haha what will they think of next!

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          Deadpool 4 years ago

          great lens

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          TrialError 5 years ago

          great idea. Thanks

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          Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          Heated sidewalks are a great idea - especially for the elderly.

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          Great idea! I have no such worries for my elders but it sounds like a novel idea to use this to melt sidewalks and driveways.

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          laurenrose lm 5 years ago

          Great lens! I live in England, Liverpool, and we are now experiencing similar weather-not looking forward to the slippery ice

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          Entrance Mats 5 years ago

          These are brilliant, I bet they could have used them in New York this past weekend!

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          GrowWear 6 years ago

          Can see these heated sidewalk mats saving many an elderly person from broken bones.

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          antoivo lm 6 years ago

          cool lens, we got a bad spell of snow here in Ireland recently i wish i came across this page sooner this would have been very helpful, so ill favourite this incase the need ever rises again which i suspect it will! Thanks Thumbs up

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          poutine 6 years ago

          That's a super cool idea!

          I never heard of this item before.

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          Davidfstillwagon 6 years ago

          this is a great idea and lens!

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          Sojourn 6 years ago

          This would have been the perfect gift for my parents! I didn't even know these existed. Adding to my list of things to get them for their upcoming anniversary. Such a great safety idea to keep them from slipping on their icy front walkway.

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          hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

          Thanks to all of you for your comments. I've been watching the weather lately, and have been amazed to see that Atlanta, Georgia got snow! Now there is a blizzard aimed at the NYC and New England area. I hope that everyone stays safe!

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          Kay 6 years ago

          We are no longer in snow country but I would have LOVED one of these. I didn't even know they existed. Will definitely keep this in mind should we ever move north again. Thanks!

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          HMQ 6 years ago

          We got hit with a record amount of snow last week and these would have really come in handy.

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          Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

          Heated mats! Who knew? This is too cool! (Thanks for a blessing!)

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          Delia 6 years ago

          Wow this sounds like a great products! I don't like shoveling snow and my hubby hates it even more...

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          tssfacts 6 years ago

          Great information. Wish these were around when I lived in snow country. It would have made life a little easier for sure.

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          Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

          That's a good idea. I have an elderly mom who also is unsteady on her feet. Something to think about....

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          MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

          When I was a kid, in Iowa, I watched my Dad and brother shovel snow and asked about this, my mother said it wasn't possible.

          That's the only thing I have ever 'invented' Great idea.

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          Achim Thiemermann 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

          Looks fabulously useful, but not here in the southern part of Texas. I can't wait for a chance to shovel snow...won't happen, tho... :)

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I sure understand the problem since I've lived in snow country all my life. The peace of mind is well worth the investment with this product. My Mom is almost 84 and still shovels her own walks and cleans up plow ridges but it's those slippery spots you have to watch out for! You seems to have something for everyone's needs and pocket book. Let it snow!

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          GrinningFool 6 years ago

          I like it! I hate, hate, hate shoveling snow!

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          jgall34 lm 6 years ago

          those mats are a great idea, i could use one of those right now because of all the snow falling today

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          Vikki 6 years ago from US

          Ohhh, I need one of these for my grandma's place! Never knew they existed before!

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          My balance because of my hearing is appalling. Luckily we don't have to worry about this here, but it has just snowed heavily here for the first time in ten years. Your stuff sure would have come in handy.