Dry Ice Notice to Drivers

The AxleHire App will notify you when there will be Dry Ice on your route.

What is Dry Ice?

Solidified carbon dioxide, better known as dry ice, is commonly used to freeze food or keep it cold longer than regular ice thanks to its frigid surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry ice can be dropped into packages and coolers, used to flash-freeze foods. Dry ice can be a very serious hazard in a small space that is not well-ventilated. As dry ice melts, it turns into carbon dioxide gas. In a small space, this gas can build up. If enough carbon dioxide gas is present, a person can become unconscious, and it could cause accidental suffocation.

While transporting dry ice in a vehicle, OSHA recommends having a constant supply of fresh air. Here are some suggestions to do so:

  • Open one or more windows when transporting dry ice in your car.
  • If you must keep windows closed, turn off the indoor air recirculation option (usually located on the center console) to circulate new air from the outside into the car for maximum ventilation.
  • Store these packages in your trunk whenever possible.

You may notice the packages that contain dry ice will be cold to the touch. It is important to note that the dry ice will be inside of the package and unless the package is damaged during your route, you will never come in direct contact with it.

OSHA guidelines advise not allowing dry ice to touch bare skin as it can cause frostbite. In the event a package that contains Dry Ice is damaged the following are suggested for safe handling:

  • Use tongs, thick insulated gloves, or an oven mitt or towel to avoid direct contact
  • You may return the damaged package to your AxleHire main facility where trained personnel can dispose of the package for you..

We do NOT recommend:

  • Lay dry ice directly on a solid-surface or tiled countertop—it could crack the surface.
  • Dump dry ice near local sewer lines or down the garbage disposal, toilet, or sink drain; it can cause pipes to freeze and burst.
  • Dump dry ice in public areas accessed by people or pets.