Dry Ice Resources
At Gehm and Sons, we make and distribute dry ice and related products to commercial and retail customers from all around northeast Ohio. Over our many years in business, we have learned that our customers often have questions about how we make dry ice, how dry ice should be handled, and how dry ice can be used. Here you will find a comprehensive list of resources we have created to help answer you questions.
Material Safety Data Sheets
Dry ice is used for a large variety of medical uses. Gehm and Sons provides dry ice to medical facilities as well as individuals needing dry ice for treatments or medicine storage.
Dry ice is used in some “cold caps” utilized by cancer treatment patients to limit or prevent hair loss and other side effects of chemotherapy. It typically takes 40 to 45 pounds of dry ice per treatment.
How to Use Dry Ice
Place dry ice on top of items to be frozen in a cooler or other suitable container.
If freezing trophy game or fish, do not allow direct contact with dry ice. Superficial damage or freezer burn may result.
Place dry ice in the bottom of a cooler, cover with wet ice or insulating material, then place food, cans, etc., on top. Do not allow direct contact with the dry ice.
For Shipping Frozen Items
Dry ice is frequently used to keep frozen items, especially food items, frozen during shipping. Pack frozen items in a sturdy Styrofoam cooler or shipping container. Then place 20 pounds of dry ice on top for a 3-4 day shipment. Use 10 pounds of dry ice for overnight or 2 day shipping. Close the container and tape the outer carton with regular shipping tape.
FedEX, UPS, and the United States Post office all ship dry ice via ground service. When you contact the shipper, declare the contents of your shipment and indicate that dry ice is being used. Each carrier has their own unique policies and restrictions for shipping with dry ice and each will advise you of how to label and prepare your package for shipment.