This time of year, many people are interested in dry ice (though several industries use dry ice year-round). It has become prevalent for food use and decoration because of the many unique effects that can be created with it for Halloween. But dry ice is also an essential component of science experiments (especially fall science experiments since it lends spooky air). If you’re thinking of doing some mysterious seasonal dry ice science experiments, read on for some essential things to know.
Obtaining And Handling Dry Ice
The first thing you must know about dry ice is where to get it and how to handle it safely, this is true for anyone using dry ice, but it is especially true for science teachers who need to be modeling the best practices for their students. You can often find dry ice at most grocery stores, but you should call first to ensure they stock it and have enough on hand. Several grocery stores will also take orders in advance. You can also sometimes get dry ice in with your shipments – if you get a meat subscription delivery, for instance. Generally, dry ice will either be in chunks or pellets. Once you have it, you have to handle and store it correctly. Never touch it with your bare hands; always store it in a well-ventilated area.
The Dangers of Dry Ice
Dry ice can be dangerous if it isn’t handled correctly. Dry ice is 109.3 degrees below zero, so it can quickly damage exposed skin. As it warms, it sublimates (turns from a solid to a gas), and those gasses can build up. They can even build up enough in a sealed container to cause an explosion.
Dry Ice Safety Precautions
Dry ice will likely not hurt you if you touch it for just a second, but if you hold it or it rests or gets stuck against your skin for a longer time, it can damage your skin. Also, demonstrate using tongs to fit and handle the dry ice correctly. You also must ensure that you always wear eye protection. Additionally, you should never put dry ice in a container with a tight-fitting lid, especially not a glass container. Finally, you should never, ever put dry ice in your mouth. It can be tempting since it is called “ice” and is used in foods, but it could hurt your mouth.
Dry Ice for All Your Needs
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