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

A man applies sanitizer on his hands

A man applies sanitizer on his hands

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 auto.

The image was taken in Brazil after hand sanitizer caught fire, and the department is encouraging people to be careful.

"By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable", the firefighters explained in the post.

Yiu and McDougall said not to store any hand sanitizer in your vehicle for long periods of time.

Knox County fire officials said they have not issued a warning about leaving hand sanitizer in the vehicle during the hot summer months.

Knox County fire officials said they have had "no issues in the past" with people leaving hand sanitizer in their cars and said "no warnings had been issued".

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

"While hand sanitizer is great resource to protect against the transmission of COVID-19, there is an increased fire risk", wrote Heath Wright. "Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have a very low flashpoint (temperature at which its vapours ignite if given an ignition source) due to the percentage of alcohol required in these products". It looks as if it was sacked upon from a shotgun from close range, but the damage was actually caused by a small bottle of hand sanitizer.

A good tip is to allow hand sanitizer to dry for about a minute before touching something else.

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