The temperature of dry ice is -80º Celsius. This is cold enough to freeze skin cells and cause an injury similar to a burn. Always handle dry ice with protective gloves or a towel.
Store dry ice in an insulated container. Do not store dry ice in a container that is completely airtight. As the dry ice changes to CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas, it will cause an airtight container to expand or possibly explode.
Dry ice gives off CO2 into the air. If dry ice has been in a closed vehicle or room for more than 10 minutes, open the doors and windows to allow ventilation before entering. Leave the area immediately if you start to breathe quickly or your fingernails and lips turn blue.
INTENTIONAL MISUSE OF DRYICE MAY BE HARMFUL
Guidelines for Safe Dry Ice Use
- Use cotton gloves, towels, or pot holders
when handling dry ice.
- Use in a ventilated location.
- Children should be supervised by an adult when using dry ice.