Though rare, hand sanitizer could ignite in extreme heat

Burnt out car door highlights dangers of leaving hand sanitiser in a hot vehicle

Burnt out car door highlights dangers of leaving hand sanitiser in a hot vehicle

In a post on the Western Lakes Fire District's Facebook page, the firefighters shared a photo of a severely damaged auto door after a hard sanitizer allegedly caught fire and exploded.

Doctors at Alberta Health Services say people using hand sanitizer when they are out shouldn't leave it in their cars for too long because it could lead to a fire.

Hand sanitizers, the new liquid gold sought after and rationed in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic, may cause even more harm than the virus itself if left unattended under the burning summer sun, firefighters have warned.

According to the Western Lakes Fire District, most hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which is flammable. If you keep it outside next to your grill or in your vehicle, the sun can hit the bottle, causing magnification of the light, and lead to a fire.

"Please respect the possibilities and be fire safe", the fire department urges.

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"By its nature, most hand sanitiser is alcohol-based and therefore flammable".

Hand sanitizers are 60% alcohol based and could catch fire if ignited.

16 News Now's Lindsay Stone spoke with Clay Fire Marshall Dave Cherrone about the dangers of leaving hand sanitizer in a hot vehicle. The viral video is actually from 2015 and featured two men deliberately lighting an aerosol spray inside a confined space. However, hand sanitizers combusting on its own will need at least 572°F.

"Storing hand sanitizer in vehicles, especially in warmer temperatures, can increase the potential for ignition". Thus, she's also recommending not to leave this in the auto.

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