Continental Carbonic Expands Counter Hours to Service Halloween Dry Ice Needs

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Distribution Centers will open Saturday, October 27 for people looking for dry ice for Halloween Parties

Halloween Dry Ice
Many people buy dry ice for the first time during the Halloween season so we want to emphasize the importance of handling it safely.

To better service consumer demand for dry ice for Halloween punch and other party effects, all Continental Carbonic locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 and during normal business hours Monday, October 29 through Wednesday, October 31. Each of its 38 locations throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States and in Ontario, Canada will also carry foam coolers and gloves and have printed safety tips available for handling dry ice. Dry ice is sold in quantities of 10 pounds or more, with prices based on quantity purchased.

“The demand for dry ice from consumers spikes significantly during the Halloween holiday season, but many people have no idea how or where to buy dry ice,” said Kelly Hazenfield, Director of Marketing for Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. “By opening our distribution centers on Saturday and increasing our inventory levels of dry ice, packaging materials, and gloves, we can effectively service this demand in a safe and cost effective manner.”

Used to create creepy Jack-O-Lanterns or to brew a bubbling Witches Brew dry ice is an easy and effective way to create a happy Halloween for family and friends. And to make it stress-free, Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. has the recipes, dry ice, and safety tips needed to produce a multitude of effects this Halloween.

The Continental Carbonic website has a host of recipes that anyone can follow. In addition to the Jack-O-Lantern and Witches Brew, experiments including Dry Ice Fog, Ghostly Floating Bubbles, Laser and Fog Fun, and Crawling Bubbles can be found on the site. Find recipes and view a video about dry ice for Halloween experiments.

“Many people buy dry ice for the first time during the Halloween season so we want to emphasize the importance of handling it safely,” added Kelly.

Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). It's called "dry ice" because it does not melt like wet ice. Instead, dry ice converts into carbon dioxide gas, which creates the “fog” effect ideal for Halloween experiments. Dry ice is extremely cold (-109°F/-78.5°C). Simple safety precautions need to be taken when handling dry ice including:

•Always use gloves or a towel when touching dry ice. Dry ice can freeze skin cells and cause a burn-like injury.
•Since dry ice displaces oxygen as it converts to a gas, open car and room windows to ensure proper ventilation. Leave the area if you experience difficulty breathing.
•The CO2 gas produced by dry ice can cause an explosion if left in an airtight container. Continental Carbonic sells foam coolers which ensure the dry ice will ventilate properly while preserving the life of the dry ice.
•Always supervise children when using dry ice.

About Continental Carbonic:
Continental Carbonic specializes in the manufacture and distribution of dry ice and liquid carbon dioxide. The company is also the nation's largest distributor of dry ice blasting equipment. Continental Carbonic maintains a reliable network of 38 dry ice distribution facilities located strategically throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States. For more information, visit http://www.continentalcarbonic.com or call 1-800-DRY-ICE2.

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