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Fun & Useful Ways To Use Dry Ice

dry ice new york Dry ice isn’t just for movie sets. There are a lot of fun and useful ways you can use dry ice yourself. It’s a creative way to make your Halloween even more spooky and festive. But it can also help you with some chores around the house and preserve perishables.

Dry ice is fairly inexpensive, and it’s not complicated to use. Irish Carbonic is a dry ice dealer in Central and Western New York that sells dry ice in a variety of sizes. Simply choose the form best suited to your needs.

Here are the different sizes we offer:

  • 10” solid cubes (sliced to your specifications and wrapped in poly or craft paper)
  • 9/16” diameter nuggets
  • 1/8” diameter rice pellets (available wrapped in poly or craft paper)

Dry Ice Safety

Although dry ice is relatively user-friendly, it does need to be handled with care to avoid injury. But so long as you take the necessary safety precautions, you and your family can have lots of fun with it.

Here are a few safety reminders for using dry ice:

  • Children: Never leave children unattended near dry ice.
  • Ventilation: Always use dry ice in a space that’s well-ventilated. If you’re in a space with dry ice and notice your breathing has become rapid, you have a headache, or your fingernails or lips are turning blue, those are signs you’ve inhaled too much carbon dioxide and need more oxygen. Leave the area immediately.
  • Handling: Never touch dry ice with your skin, prolonged exposure can cause an injury similar to a burn. Wear cloth or leather gloves when handling dry ice. Oven mitts and towels can also be used.
  • Storage: Use an insulated container to store your dry ice. However, never store dry ice in an airtight container. The container could explode. Also, be sure to store dry ice in a well-ventilated area.
  • Disposal: Don’t throw dry ice down a garbage disposal, sewer, or garbage chute. Leave it in a well-ventilated area and it will sublimate (change from solid to gas) until it’s gone.

Dry Ice & Halloween

There are so many fun ways to add dry ice to your Halloween celebration. Here are some ideas:

  • Create an eerie graveyard scene.
  • Make a smoky witch’s cauldron.
  • Upgrade your jack-o’-lanterns.
  • Add a dramatic effect to your punch bowl.
  • Make some smoking hot chocolate.

Bring the kids to one of our convenient locations in Buffalo or Rochester for a live demonstration. And leave with even more ideas for how to make your house a hit this Halloween!

Practical Uses for Dry Ice

Dry ice is more than a novelty item. There are practical uses for dry ice as well. Are you planning to send some delicious Thanksgiving or Christmas treats to your friends and family this year? Pack perishables with dry ice before shipping so they’ll arrive as fresh as possible.

Here are some more practical uses for dry ice:

  • Fix dents in your automobile.
  • Flash freeze fish and other food items.
  • Make your own carbonated drinks.
  • Preserve your food during a power outage.
  • Reduce hair loss during chemotherapy.
  • Remove old floor tiles.

Not sure how much dry ice you need? Don’t worry. The staff at Irish Carbonic can help you calculate exactly how much dry ice you’ll need for your project and give you tips on how to make it last.

Convenient Pick-up or Delivery

If you live in central or western New York, you can arrange to have your dry ice delivered to your home or come and pick it up at our Buffalo or Rochester location. So you can get the dry ice you need just the way you need it and when and where you want it. 

Contact us today to learn more or place your order!

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