How to Store Dry Ice

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Believe it or not, dry ice has come a long way in terms of uses. Not too long ago, it was nothing more than a Halloween staple, used to create a spooky fog for trick-or-treaters lucky enough to attend a “haunted house” or other celebration. Dry ice is now used as a very cutting edge way to prepare food in high-end restaurants all over the world. No matter what your usage, it’s important that you handle it carefully and safely. If touched, it can give you severe frostbite resembling a burn.

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Purchase the dry ice as close to the time you’re going to use it as possible. Dry ice will sublimate, even in perfect storage conditions.

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Choose a container. This should be a thick, insulated container to lower the rate of sublimation. An ice chest is ideal for storing dry ice.

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Transfer the ice to your container being careful to avoid contact with your skin. You should always wear thick gloves, safety glasses, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants when handling dry ice.

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Keep your windows rolled down so that air can flow through the vehicle you are transporting the dry ice in.

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Choose a storage room with good air ventilation. Dry ice should never be stored in an unventilated room, and it should never sit in a vehicle for an extended period of time.

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