Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide that is used for commercial and industrial purposes. It is best used for freezing and keeping things frozen due to its frigid temperature. The temperature of dry ice is -109.3 degrees F, or -78.5 degrees C. Insulated gloves should be used when handling dry ice. If you are burned by dry ice, treat the injury the same as a regular heat burn. See a physician if the skin blisters or comes off. To prevent infection, apply an antibiotic and bandage if the burned skin needs to be protected.
In normal atmospheric conditions, dry ice changes from a solid to a gas without going through the liquid stage. That is how it earned the name “dry ice.” This process is called sublimation. Dry ice sublimates at a rate of five to ten pounds every 24 hours in a traditional ice chest. When you buy dry ice in Bronx NY, bring an ice chest or some other insulated container to slow down the sublimation rate. Do not store dry ice in your freezer because it will shut off your freezer’s thermostat due to its extremely cold temperature. It will also crack tiled or solid surface counter tops. Also, make sure you do not transport it inside your vehicle for more than 15 minutes. If you have to travel with it more than 15 minutes, make sure there is fresh air available.
Dry ice is not harmful, but it can increase your rate of breathing similar to that of running a race. Dry ice is extremely important for commercial use. Commercial shippers buy dry ice in Bronx NY for both perishable and non-frozen items. Some of the things dry ice keeps cool or frozen are ice cream, biological samples, carbonated beverages, and medical supplies. Some industrial uses of dry ice are loosening asphalt floor tiles and freezing water in pipes that do not have valves. The largest mechanical use of dry ice is blast cleaning. Dry ice blasting is shooting dry ice in a pressurized air stream at a surface to clean it. Hard to removed things like glue, ink, oil, or rubber can easily be removed from equipment or machinery using this method. Dry ice blasting can be substituted for sandblasting, steam blasting, or water blasting.
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