This stuff is a winter weather essential. We always keep a few bags of these on hand. Especially since we go one day from snow,sleet & ice to 60 degrees a few days later. This works within a couple of minutes, so if you have guests coming over & it just got done freezing rain outside, you can trust this will melt the ice & fast to prevent falls & injuries. It's reasonably priced & we can always find it at one of the several local hardware or big box stores in our area. I'd absolutely recommend this product.