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5 Safety Precautions To Take When Handling Dry Ice

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
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Dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, returns to its original gaseous state when heated. Scientists refer to this transformation as sublimation, which is the change of a solid into a gas.

Dry ice, which has a temperature of minus 109 degrees Fahrenheit, is used to cool down items like biological specimens and for industrial cleaning. This product will quickly melt into a mist, so it should be purchased as close to the date you want to use it as possible. Whether you are using dry ice for industrial, commercial, or personal uses, here are five essential safety tips you should follow.

Proper handling

Never leave dry ice unattended or within reach of children because it can cause serious injuries if it comes into direct contact with skin. Anyone that handles this product should wear protective eyewear and thermal work gloves, as well as long sleeve shirts. Never taste, eat, or swallow dry ice because it can burn and suffocate you. Immediately call 911 if an emergency happens while you are handling dry ice.

Safe transportation

When transporting dry ice in a vehicle, open the windows to help circulate the air and prevent carbon dioxide from building up. If this product is not transported with proper ventilation, it can cause the air inside the vehicle to become toxic. It is best to transport dry ice in the bed of a pickup truck or have it delivered to you by professionals.

Storing dry ice safely

Never put dry ice in a container that isn’t well-ventilated. The ice can release a high volume of carbon dioxide into the air if it is placed in a confined space. Also, do not put dry ice in an airtight container. The gas build-up can cause the container to burst open. The explosion may cause serious injuries to those individuals standing nearby.

Never put dry ice in a freezer, because the fan pushes air across the surface, causing it to sublimate faster. It has the potential to damage the freezer as well. Always store dry ice in an ice cooler that is rated for this product and has the ability to allow gases to escape.

Do not put dry ice directly on a countertop because it may cause cracking due to the temperature. Instead, place the element on a surface like a wood-cutting board or a piece of plywood. Also, do not put this product on an outdoor tile surface because it can damage the bonding agent that holds the tile in place. Remember, it is never a good idea to store dry ice in your freezer because the temperature of the element can damage your equipment.

Proper disposal

It is important to keep safety in mind when getting rid of dry ice as well as using it. It should not be left indoors to evaporate. Instead, leave it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area where humans and animals do not have easy access. Never put dry ice into the garbage or down a sink drain because it may damage the plumbing. You can get rid of the containers that hold this product by taking them to a waste collection site that will take hazardous waste products.

Treating dry ice injuries

If you begin to lose your breath or start panting around dry ice, immediately leave the area. Headaches or blue lips and fingernails are also clear signs that you have been overexposed to carbon dioxide and may have contracted frostbite on your body. If this is the case, then call 911 for immediate medical assistance.

Treat all dry ice burns like a typical heat burn. Apply ointment to the area with medication that contains an antibiotic to protect your skin from infection. If needed, carefully place a bandage on the burn if the area begins to blister, then schedule an appointment to see a doctor.

Looking to buy high-quality wholesale dry ice products?

Dry ice is a versatile product that can be used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications. If you’re looking to purchase wholesale quantities of Dry Ice, Gel Packs, or Insulated Shipping Products, contact the experts at Reliant Dry Ice today. We are passionate about providing high-quality, safe products throughout the United States. Call us at (714) 330-4281 or Contact Us by email to find a location near you and learn more about our products and how to handle them Safely.