Is dry ice dangerous?

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Jacki Willenborg

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Is dry ice dangerous?
« on: 12/01/2011 22:30:03 »
Jacki Willenborg  asked the Naked Scientists:
What are the biological dangers of dry ice and how can they be prevented when experimenting?

What do you think?
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Offline Bill.D.Katt.

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Is dry ice dangerous?
« Reply #1 on: 13/01/2011 00:44:00 »
The most obvious danger is the severe low temperature. Potential buildup of pressure if you have it in an airtight container. But I wouldn't really worry about over inhalation of CO2, unless you are working in a closed space (not advisable). Here is a link to OSHA page about it: http://


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Is dry ice dangerous?
« Reply #2 on: 13/01/2011 04:17:34 »
I would definitely agree.  Dry ice can cause asphyxiation, but it is somewhat rare.  Most people get burns from dry ice.  It doesn't take long before it burns your skin.  Another thing I have heard a number of times is when people are breaking the dry ice, pieces can fly up in to their face.

Not to promote my website, but here is a link to some safety precautions that we recommend: [removed: but you are at every opportunity, that constitutes spam in out book - Mod]
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