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

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

They went on to say "Our message was meant to center on preventing fire or injury from the use of hand sanitizer".

Firefighters in Wisconsin sent out a reminder to everyone that it can be potentially risky to leave clear plastic water bottles or hand sanitizer in your auto if they're exposed to direct sunlight during hot temperatures.

In the post, the fire department showed a burned-out vehicle door and explained that most hand sanitizers are alcohol-based and flammable.

"With extended exposure to high temperatures, the alcohol in the hand sanitizer will eventually evaporate, causing it to lose its efficacy", they wrote.

A spokesman with AHS said he doesn't know of any injuries due to hand sanitizer fires in Alberta, noting it's just a general warning from the doctors. They also listed other sites where you can learn about fire safety and hand sanitizer.


The National Fire Protection Association wants to send an additional warning to the public about hand sanitizer.

Again, it seems like common sense, but many more people are traveling with hand sanitizer in their vehicles and may forget to bring it with them when they exit.

Wright adds that the flashpoint for these products is typically around 20 degrees Celsius.

Hand sanitizer is supposed to be helping us to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, but CBS Dallas-Fort Worth details a "hidden risk" that many people may not have considered.

He suggested hand sanitizers be stored in a cool, dry place.

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