Whether you are shipping a single order of crab cakes or a whole boatload of flounder, dry ice can help you keep seafood fresh and delicious.
You are probably aware of the many benefits of dry ice, but it is more than just a cool party trick that can create fog. Without careful handling, you run the risk of facing serious physical harm.
Handling Dry Ice
A general rule of thumb is to keep dry ice away from children. It can cause frostbite with temperatures of – 109.3°F. When you need to touch the dry ice directly, it’s best to wear leather gloves or have protective cloth covering your hands and arms. You can also use oven mitts depending on the size and quantity of dry ice you will be touching, but make sure to avoid direct and prolong contact with the dry ice and your bare skin.
How to Properly Store Dry Ice
Dry ice should be stored inside an insulated container. The storage unit, however, should not be completely airtight. The carbon dioxide gas can cause a container to expand if it is airtight, and it could even cause the container to explode. Also, make sure to not store dry ice in a regular freezer in a refrigerator. Your thermostat can turn off the freezer because of the coldness of the dry ice.
Ventilation and Dry Ice
Always remember that dry ice contains carbon dioxide. The gas from carbon dioxide sinks to low levels and replaces oxygenated air. In rooms that are not properly ventilated, carbon dioxide can cause suffocation and death. After dry ice leaves a container, always make sure to air out the space. If you keep safety in mind, you can handle and enjoy the benefits of dry ice without a hitch.
Dry ice can be bought through local suppliers, like Dry Ice Corp.
Dry Ice Corp: A Dry Ice Supplier Near You
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.
If you have any questions about how to handle or store Dry Ice, please contact Dry Ice Corp by calling 201.767.3200. You can also connect with Dry Ice Corp on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.