Hand Sanitizer Left In Sunlight Could Start Fire

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 23, 2020

The Western Lakes fire Department in Wisconsin issued a warning through social media not to leave hand sanitizers in hot vehicles. Hand sanitizers have become one of the hottest items flying off the shelves across the world, as people try to stay as germ-free as possible amid a pandemic.

A picture shared by the department shows a smoldering driver's side door.

Let's start today with a little education!

"Most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable", the firefighters explained.

We've chatted in the past about clear water bottles being kept in your.

"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.

A Wisconsin fire department posted a photo of a destroyed vehicle door on its Facebook page.

The hand sanitizer market in the United States skyrocketed by 1,400 percent in just the first month of the Covid-19 outbreak as people have been encouraged to use them when they have no access to hand washing, like in a vehicle.

Experts said in order for a bottle of hand sanitizer to catch on fire it would need to reach a temperature of at least 300 degrees.

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