When residents are out of power, many turn to dry ice to help keep their refrigerators cold.
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) said Saturday morning that some residents can expect to be out of power for as long as a week following Friday night's storms.
Here's contact info for a few area stores that reportedly offer dry ice. Please call ahead to check availability.
Airgas East, 410-768-4447
Located at 7504 Connelly Dr., Hanover, MD 21076.
Continental Carbonic, 410-761-7701
Located at 150 Penrod Ct., Suite J, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.
Some hardware stores may also offer dry ice. Be sure to call ahead.
Baltimore-based AAA Ice's website offers some tips on how to handle and use dry ice. Always use gloves and keep in mind its shelf life—only 24 to 36 hours. Be sure to keep it away from kids and pets.
Patch Associate Regional Editor Susan Jenkins contributed to this report.
Do you know of other places offering dry ice? What other tips do you have for dealing with the heat and power outages? Tell us in the comments.