4 Tips for Transporting Dry Ice Safely
As a solid form of carbon dioxide, dry ice has many uses due to its ability to keep cold for long periods. It’s commonly used to transport medical equipment and food products long distances, but it is also very useful in a day-to-day context around the home. From temperature control to transportation, to visual effects and even cleaning, there are countless possibilities for using dry ice. It is important. However, that dry ice is handled safely, as the freezing temperatures (as low as -109 degrees Fahrenheit) can be potentially dangerous. Consider these four tips for making sure you transport dry ice safely for safe and easy use!
Though dry ice is typically sold in paper bags, this will not provide enough insulation to minimize loss of product during transportation. Be sure to bring a plastic or styrofoam cooler to keep the bags of ice from melting too quickly. This will also help prevent you from handling the dry ice directly.
Choose the Form Carefully
You can choose various forms when purchasing your dry ice. Depending on your needs, you may be looking for blocks, chips, or pellets of dry ice, which will have different rates of evaporation. If you are not using it right away, you will want to consider these rates of loss carefully, to ensure that you have all the dry ice you will need by the time it is transported.
Do Not Seal It
As dry ice evaporates, it will release gaseous carbon dioxide. Keeping the dry ice in a sealed container can cause a dangerous buildup of pressure. For this reason, it’s essential to keep the lid to a cooler or thermos containing dry ice kept ajar, vent the cooler, or frequently release the air inside.
Circulate the Air in Your Vehicle
Gaseous carbon dioxide can be dangerous if your car is improperly ventilated. Be sure to frequently circulate the air while transporting dry ice to maintain a safe breathing environment.
Dry Ice for All of Your Needs
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.
FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS WHEN TRANSPORTING, USING OR STORING DRY ICE! DRY ICE IS HARMFUL IF EATEN OR SWALLOWED! IF INGESTED, SEEK MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY! NEVER PUT DRY ICE INTO ANY FOOD, DRINKS OR LIQUIDS THAT MIGHT BE INGESTED BY HUMANS OR ANIMALS!