STORING DRY ICE AND USING IT SAFELY
As industry pioneers and Ireland’s leading dry Ice supplier, we understand we also have a responsibility to advise and inform. Dry ice is very safe to use if you follow some simple, common-sense guidelines.
HANDLING DRY ICE
Always use insulated gloves when handling dry ice. These are available from our online store. Due to the extremely low temperature of dry ice (-78oC), direct contact with skin could cause freeze burns or even frostbite. The severity of the burn depends on how long the skin is in contact with the dry ice.
STORING DRY ICE
We have various models and sizes of specialised dry ice storage containers. These containers are highly insulated, protecting the dry ice from ambient temperature and reducing the rate of sublimation.
- The more dry ice you have stored in the container, the longer it will last. This means it’s important to have a delivery as close as possible to the time you will need the dry ice.
- Refrain from opening and closing the insulated container as much as possible. When you remove product from the container fill the empty space with wadded newspaper or Styrofoam sheets. Any “dead-air-space” will cause the dry ice to sublimate faster.
- It is important that you do not store dry ice in your refrigerator freezer as the extremely low temperature could cause your thermostat to turn off the freezer or damage the element.
DISPOSING OF DRY ICE
To dispose of dry ice, unwrap and leave it at room temperature in a well-ventilated area. It will sublimate from a solid to a gas. NEVER leave dry ice unattended around children or animals.
INGESTION OF DRY ICE
Dry ice can cause serious internal injury if swallowed. If swallowed, then consult a medical professional immediately. Dry Ice should not be put directly into drinks intended for consumption without using ChilliSticks. ChilliSticks are a safe method of adding dry ice to drinks to create a smoke effect.