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Runs withscissors

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Spores in winter?
    #3641486 - 01/18/05 12:26 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I searched for this topic but didn't find anything. Is there any risk in ordering syringes during the winter due to freezing?

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? I say it is both.

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Re: Spores in winter? [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #3641532 - 01/18/05 12:36 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

The only problem I see you incurring with this is if a syringe were to sit outside in the mailbox, freeze, and explode. Pretty unlikely though.

To find a place to live between the negatives and positives.

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Re: Spores in winter? [Re: Holydiver]
    #3641790 - 01/18/05 01:58 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I can recall seeing a thread somewhere recently about syringes being left to freeze overnight in this guys car. I could be wrong, but I think they still worked okay for him.

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Re: Spores in winter? [Re: Burke Dennings]
    #3642384 - 01/18/05 08:51 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Spores, for the most part, can survive colder temps better than extremely hot temps (thermal death at 120F). However it pays to be aware of local weather conditions when ordering and plan accordingly. Brief freezing of the solution is usually not enough to kill the specimens or render them unstable, however prolonged exposure to cold can cause hydrated spores to rupture (due to expanding water in tissue) and result in less than desireable specimens for microscopy.

Shipments by US Priority Mail or the postal service (most suppliers default methods) will be left with your normal mail when delivered (ie in a mailbox), so if it is below freezing, plan to try and be able to collect mail from delivery as soon as possible to limit exposure.

Shipping by private carriers, like UPS and FedEx will allow you to either have the package "held" at the local sorting facility for pickup, redirected to a "work" address for inside delivery, ect. Once you have your tracking number you can pretty much call their customer service and request either change in shipping (held, or redirected). Most private carriers will still leave small or low-value packages at your door or stoop when delivering in residential neighborhoods, but may require signature (ie personal delivery) if you live in highly urban areas or apartments. Often you can even have your apt office sign for and accept a package.

Of course you could always open a PO Box and packages delivered to it would be kept nice and safe and warm inside the Post Office.

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