Dry ice is used in a variety of applications. Typical uses for dry ice include food preservation, plumbing, and fog visual effects. When used correctly, it can be an incredibly useful tool. If you have no or limited experience using dry ice, here are some best practices that you should know!
Never Let It Touch Your Bare Skin
Did you know that dry ice has a surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit? For that reason, you should never let dry ice touch your bare skin. If it does come into contact for more than a few seconds, you are at significant risk of experiencing frostbite. A person who is working with dry ice always needs to use tongs or wear a pair of insulated gloves.
Don’t Buy It Too Far In Advance
Anyone who purchases dry ice needs to understand that it is not going to last very long. Since this is the case, you need to strategically plan when you purchase it or pick it up. If you need dry ice for an event, there is no sense in buying it more than a day in advance. Ideally, you should always try to pick up dry ice just a few hours before you need it.
Store Dry Ice In An Insulated Container
If you need to store your dry ice for a few hours, your best option is to place it into an insulated container (ex: a styrofoam cooler). You need to ensure that the container has enough ventilation to allow the gas to escape otherwise it could explode. You do not want to store dry ice in your freezer because the temperature of dry ice is drastically colder than the temperature of your freezer.
Let Any Extra Dry Ice Melt In A Well Ventilated Place
Don’t make the mistake of discarding your extra dry ice down your sink. It could result in major damage to the drains. Also, you should not toss leftover dry ice into a trash can because, as stated earlier, there needs to be adequate ventilation.
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Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our dry 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 dry 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, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.