Safe And Fun Ways To Use Dry Ice For Halloween
Sleepy Hollow, The Wolfman, Silent Hill, what do these have in common? Okay, here’s two more to make it easy: The Mist and The Fog. That’s right! Nothing makes a scene so spine-tinglingly creepy as some good fog. Unfortunately, if you’re not Storm, it’s hard to conjure up fog on a whim – unless you have dry ice! Spooky fog isn’t the only thing that you can do with dry ice this Halloween. Read on for some safe and fun tips for using dry ice for your Halloween decorating.
Understand What It Is
Dry ice is freezing, but it is not at all the same as regular ice. Instead of being the solid form of water, it is CO2, carbon dioxide. It’s called “dry ice” because as it warms, it doesn’t melt; it sublimates (goes directly from a solid to a gas). Dry ice is also colder than regular ice, and contact with skin can cause severe burns.
Use The Right Tools
It’s essential to make sure that you have the right tools for handling dry ice. Never touch it with bare skin. At a minimum, you should have use tongs, safety gloves, and safety goggles, and you may need a hammer and a chisel.
Safe Fog In A Room
Carbon dioxide is typically heavier than air, so when dry ice sublimates (and makes that eerie fog), it naturally wants to sink to the ground. This can be especially dangerous with young (crawling) children and small pets – the CO2 fog pushes the breathable air away. Whenever you use dry ice for a fog effect, make sure you are in a well-ventilated space.
Dry Ice And Food
Just like you should never touch dry ice with your bare hands, you also should not eat it or let it touch your mouth. Placing a small piece of dry ice in a drink can create a very cool effect, but only people who can be trusted not to touch or swallow the dry ice should be allowed to drink it. Dry is also a great way to make your cauldron look like it is boiling and bubbling, or you could stick some inside your jack-o-lantern and let him breathe smoke (again, in well-ventilated areas). Finally, dry ice is excellent for keeping things cold – double up your serving bowls or platters (a smaller bowl set inside a larger one that has dry ice in it)so that a layer of dry ice keeps everything safely chilled.
Dry Ice For All Your Needs
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge amount of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200 or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.