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  • SAFETY AND HANDLING ADVICE
    Dry ice. Is a safe
    and easy to apply product

Safety and Handling Advice

Dry ice, if used properly, is a safe and easy to apply product. Understanding its properties and being aware of its risks will allow us to make the most of its many advantages with total safety.


¿How much should I order?

Praxair recommends ordering the quantity of dry ice required for immediate or short-term use. Dry ice sublimates at a rate of 8% to 10% per day, depending on the thermal properties of the container and the external temperature profile.


Can I carry it myself?

The sublimation of dry ice inside a vehicle may lead to the accumulation of hazardous concentrations of carbon dioxide, which can cause suffocation. It can be transported without any special ventilation measures when the dry ice is located in the vehicle’s separate, closed back compartment. When opening the closed load compartment carrying dry ice, allow it to ventilate thoroughly for 5 minutes before entering.


How should I use it?

Dry ice generates CO2 gas by sublimation, which can cause rapid suffocation due to sub-oxygenation.
The low temperature of dry ice (-78.5ºC) can cause severe burns upon direct contact with the skin and eyes.
The use of suitable protective gloves is mandatory. It is advisable to use safety glasses, long-sleeved shirts and long-legged trousers fully covering the limbs, and protective footwear.
If ingested accidentally, dry ice can cause severe injuries by burning. Never put dry ice in beverages to cool them.
It can cause surface burns in food. Beverage bottles or cans can burst.
Dry ice should only be handled by adults.
It can damage the floor fixing materials. It is recommended to use wooden surfaces instead.

IF THERE IS ANY LEFT OVER, HOW DO I STORE IT?

One kilogram of dry ice sublimates into around 0.5 cubic meters of carbon dioxide gas, something that should be taken into account in order to avoid storing it in airtight containers or in chambers where a person can enter.


Storage in airtight or sealed containers could cause them to break due to excess pressure.
Storage in chambers designed for keeping refrigerated or frozen products, or in any confined area with inadequate ventilation can lead to sub-oxygenation of the atmosphere provoking lethal effects.

HOW DO I DISPOSE OF IT?

Allow dry ice to sublimate slowly in a well ventilated area, where the saturation of the air with CO2 gas is not possible.2 gas
It can damage the drains and ceramic materials.
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