A few weeks ago we learned everything you wanted to know about dry ice and learned that it is one of the coolest substances on the planet that is comprised of carbon dioxide. We understand it’s usefulness keeping things cool or flash freezing items, but how can we keep ourselves safe when handling dry ice? Let’s explore.
Handling Dry Ice
It’s important to note that dry ice is extremely cold, this point can’t be emphasized enough; with a surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit, extreme caution is required. Dry ice coming into contact with bare skin is dangerous and likely will result in frost bite, always wear thick and protective gloves when handling it and avoid prolonged exposure. It’s also important to note that under no circumstances should children ever handle dry ice, adults should be the only ones to come into contact with it.
It’s important to keep dry ice in a well-ventilated area at all times and avoid direct exposure to it in a contained space. Carbon dioxide can be harmful and you should limit your exposure to dry ice storage spaces. If traveling with dry ice in a car make sure the container is well insulated and there is fresh air being supplied constantly.
Storage Of Dry Ice
Dry ice is called such because it sublimates into gas, not water, because of this dry ice needs to be stored in an insulated container. The better your insulation, the slower the dry ice will sublimate into Carbon Dioxide. Storing dry ice in a glass container or airtight container is dangerous and should not be done; the gas may cause the container to expand, burst or rupture potentially hurting someone. Consider the surfaces you are placing your dry ice storage on as some surfaces may not react well to the extreme cold.
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