Whether you’re looking to wow a crowd with a cool “smoke machine” effect or to keep products cold for long periods of time without water residue, we’ve got the dry ice you need for any occasion. As one of the leading suppliers of dry ice in Perth, we’re also aware that this specialised material has the potential to be quite dangerous and must be handled in a safe and precautious manner.
If you’re going to be ordering some dry ice off us in the future, make sure you check out these seven important safety tips for handling it properly.
Know The Dangers
Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide. Because of it’s -78.5℃ temperature, it can cause frostbite or other serious injuries if it comes into contact with bare skin.
Dry ice also sublimates. That means it turns directly from a solid to a gas. If you’re using dry ice in an unventilated area, the CO2 gas it gives off can accumulate and cause, oxygen deprivation suffocation and even death.
Wear Gloves, Goggles & Long Clothing
Covering up is the best protection against accidental exposure to dry ice. Gloves, goggles, long sleeved shirts, long pants and close-toed shoes will help protect the skin from splashes and injury.
Gloves can offer a certain level of protection, but tongs (especially ones with serrated edges) are the safest way to handle dry ice, especially in large amounts.
Use A Chisel
If you need to break your dry ice into smaller pieces, never attempt to do so by using your hands or stepping on it with your feet. This can cause injuries both from contact with the dry ice and slips and falls. Instead, use a chisel and mallet to gently chip away at it. Also, always wear eye protection while doing so as any chips of dry ice that fly off can cause severe eye damage.
Make Sure The Area Is Well Ventilated
If the area you’re using the dry ice in is not properly ventilated the buildup of CO2 gas can cause dizziness, headaches, loss of consciousness and even death. It’s best to work outside in the open air if possible.
Don’t Put It In An Airtight Container
Storing your dry ice in an airtight container can actually lead to an explosion (due to the buildup of pressure of from the sublimating CO2 gas. Use an insulated styrofoam container to hold your dry ice, but always make sure that there is a gap for gas to escape from.
Melt Any Unused Dry Ice
If you have any dry ice left over at the end of your event, it’s unsafe to leave it lying around. The sublimation process can be sped up by pouring warm water over it (but just make sure you do this outside or in a very well ventilated space).
Whatever you do, don’t dump any leftover dry ice down the sink or drains as it can damage your plumbing or cause a harmful buildup of CO2 gas within the building.
If used safely, dry ice has the potential to be an extremely useful material. For all of your dry ice needs, whatever they may be, get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help.