Dry ice can be the perfect addition to a Halloween party, creating an eerie fog across a spooky Halloween display. But aside from being a fun party trick it also serves many uses for various industries of work throughout the rest of the year.
Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. When handling dry ice, you want to be sure to take the necessary precautions, like wearing a pair of heavy gloves. Dry ice “has a surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-78.5 degrees C). The super-cold surface temperature can easily damage your skin if you touch it directly” Source. Aside from being dangerous when in contact with skin, dry ice can also cause asphyxiation because it turns into carbon dioxide gas when it melts, a process called sublimation.
These cases are rare in comparison to other hazardous materials events, but it is important to follow the proper guidelines when handling dry ice, whether for work or play.
Below we outline some of the various uses for this fascinating hazardous material.
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