FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions



Dry Ice FAQs

Dry Ice FAQs

1. How long does dry ice last?

The longevity of dry ice depends on various factors, primarily the quality of the container used for storage. Typically, 10 lbs of dry ice can last close to 24 hours in a well-insulated cooler that remains closed. However, as dry ice sublimates from a solid to a gas, it will eventually dissipate.

2. Will it last longer if I store it in my freezer?

Storing dry ice in a residential freezer is not recommended as it can have minimal impact on the dissipation rate and may damage the freezer. It’s best to store dry ice in a properly insulated cooler.

3. How do I handle dry ice?

Dry ice should be handled with care, especially in small quantities. Insulated gloves are recommended when handling dry ice, and it should be done in a well-ventilated area to avoid excessive buildup of carbon dioxide gas.

4. Can I put dry ice in drinks?

While our dry ice is food-grade and manufactured using the same CO2 as major soda pop distributors, we advise against putting it directly into drinks. In its solid form, if swallowed, dry ice can cause serious injuries or even death.

5. How much does dry ice cost?

Fraser Valley Dry Ice prices our products based on weight. You can conveniently purchase our dry ice products online, and our prices are always current and up-to-date. Visit our website to review our product offerings and prices.

6. Do you sell containers for dry ice?

Yes, we offer styrofoam containers on our website, each capable of holding approximately 20 lbs of dry ice. You can explore our selection of containers by visiting our online store.

7. How should I store dry ice?

Dry ice should be stored in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated area, such as a garage. Proper storage ensures optimal longevity and safety of the dry ice.

8. Can dry ice be used for shipping perishable items?

Yes, dry ice is commonly used as a cooling agent for shipping perishable items such as food, pharmaceuticals, and biological samples. It helps maintain low temperatures during transit, ensuring the integrity and freshness of the products.

9. Is dry ice safe for use in food preparation?

While dry ice itself is non-toxic, it should not come into direct contact with food items intended for consumption. Dry ice can be used indirectly to create chilling effects for food displays or serving trays, but precautions should be taken to prevent direct contact with food.

10. Can dry ice be reused?

Dry ice can be reused if it hasn’t fully sublimated. If there are remaining solid pieces after its initial use, they can be stored properly and reused as needed.

11. How should I dispose of dry ice?

Dry ice will sublimate back into its gaseous state, so disposal is relatively simple. Allow any remaining dry ice to sublimate in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors. Never dispose of dry ice in airtight containers, as pressure buildup can occur.

12. Can dry ice be transported in a vehicle?

Transporting dry ice in a vehicle is possible but requires caution. Ensure the vehicle is well-ventilated to prevent the buildup of carbon dioxide gas. Do not transport dry ice in the passenger area of the vehicle for extended periods, as high concentrations of carbon dioxide can be hazardous.

14. Can dry ice cause frostbite?

Direct contact with dry ice can cause frostbite or skin damage due to its extremely low temperature. Always handle dry ice with insulated gloves or tongs to prevent contact with bare skin.

15. What safety precautions should I take when using dry ice?

When handling dry ice, wear insulated gloves and safety goggles to protect your skin and eyes. Use dry ice in well-ventilated areas to prevent the buildup of carbon dioxide gas. Avoid sealing dry ice in airtight containers to prevent pressure buildup.

16. Can dry ice be used for pest control?

Dry ice can be used for pest control by releasing carbon dioxide gas, which attracts pests such as mosquitoes. However, proper precautions should be taken to ensure safety and effectiveness.

17. Can dry ice be used to extinguish fires?

Dry ice is not typically used as a firefighting agent. While it can smother flames by displacing oxygen, it is not as effective or practical as other firefighting methods such as water or chemical extinguishers.

18. Can dry ice be used for medical purposes?

Dry ice is used in various medical applications, such as preserving biological samples, transporting vaccines and medications, and cryotherapy treatments for certain medical conditions.

19. Can dry ice damage surfaces or materials?

Dry ice is non-abrasive and typically does not damage surfaces when used properly. However, prolonged contact with certain materials or surfaces may cause damage or discoloration. Always test a small area before using dry ice on delicate surfaces.

20. Is dry ice environmentally friendly?

Dry ice is considered environmentally friendly because it does not produce any harmful residues or by-products. It sublimates directly from a solid to a gas, leaving no waste behind. However, proper handling and disposal are still important to prevent environmental impact.

Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions or need further assistance!