Leaving hand sanitizer in hot vehicles a fire risk: Alberta doctors

Leaving hand sanitizer in hot vehicles a fire risk: Alberta doctors

The Western Lakes, Wisconsin Fire District posted on Facebook about the importance of being careful where you keep your hand sanitizer.

With hand sanitizer being in short supply, many breweries, distilleries and community-based companies have started making their own with high alcohol content, which they said should be between 60 and 90 per cent.

"Keeping it in your auto during hot weather, exposing it to sun, and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster", the post read.

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.

Many officials and researchers took to social media to discredit the fire department post, saying that the images used were from an article about two students setting their door on fire with an aerosol can and a lighter. Dallas firefighter Sherrie Wilson said that alcohol-based hand sanitizers release a vapor that may lead to an explosion in a confined space, such as a auto.

"If there was any introduction of static electricity and that could simply be somebody getting in and pulling down on a sweater or jacket or anything like that", Wilson said.

The department also warned of the dangers of keeping clear water bottles in a vehicle on a warm day.

"When you're dealing with anything alcohol based, the last thing you want is to have something happen that could have been avoided", Cherrone said. Thus, she's also recommending not to leave this in the auto.

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