Dry ice can have adverse effects when it comes in contact with bare skin, but you can take advantage of its many benefits when you exercise proper caution.
If you want to ship something that needs to stay cold but don’t want melted water to ruin the integrity of the package, dry ice is your best option. Let’s take a look at how to use dry ice safely.
A Few Tips to Help You Use Dry Ice Safely
Shipping and Dry Ice
Dry ice can be used to ship perishable food items long distances without risking spoiling. Obviously it will take different times for your package to reach certain destinations, but you want to use between 8-10 pounds of dry ice to keep something frozen for up to 48 hours. If your item needs to stay frozen, place the dry ice on top. If the item only needs to stay cold, however, place the ice on the bottom.
Touching Dry Ice
Some people view touching dry ice as a fun game, but if you touch it for too long it will burn you just like an intense heat would. Don’t press your luck if you need to touch a large quantity of dry ice. Make sure to use gloves, towels or tong when you need to transport the dry ice from one spot to another. If you touch it for longer than 10 seconds without a barrier, you run the risk of skin irritation and more dangerous side effects.
When working with dry ice, make sure that the area is properly ventilated. Dry ice evaporates into carbon dioxide, and the carbon dioxide can cause suffocation. If you start to breathe heavily and pant, immediately leave the area where the dry ice is stored.
Disposal of Dry Ice
Dry ice will turn into gas when it warms, so you can safely dispose of the packaging by letting the gas evaporate in a cooler that is warm or room temperature. Make sure that children and animals do not come in contact with the dry ice as it is evaporating. Now that you know how to safely handle dry ice, go ahead and start shipping away!
Dry ice can be bought through local suppliers, like Dry Ice Corp.
Dry Ice Corp: A Dry Ice Supplier in Maryland
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice products and customized delivery services in the Northeastern United States, from Virginia all the way up to Maine. And because our dry ice is supplied by manufacturing plants located right here in the Northeast, we can guarantee freshness. Other suppliers, meanwhile, get their dry ice from manufacturing plants as much as 1,000 miles away, which has a direct impact on product freshness.
Dry Ice Corp provides the highest levels of service and freshest dry ice products.