Authorities Warn About Leaving Hand Sanitizers In Hot Vehicles

Along with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become very important to frequently wash our hands or to sanitize them. Due to this, hand sanitizers are being used by people all over the world, now more than ever. Regardless of the rapid usage, it’s necessary to be mindful of the dangerous risks associated with hand sanitizers.

As we are getting closer to the warm summer months, experts are sharing a very important message to everyone. It is about leaving hand sanitizers in warm places. Hand sanitizers mainly contain alcohol and are highly inflammable. So, careless usage of it can cause serious injuries.

The Western Lakes Fire District in Wisconsin recently shared a post on their Facebook page showing the results of leaving a hand sanitizer inside a car on a warm day, exposed to sunlight. The door panel of the car has been burned out, completely melted and destroyed. This post soon went viral.

Burned-out vehicle
Image source – Western Lakes Fire District/Facebook

When leaving the vehicle, people generally just leave the hand sanitizer on the dashboard, exposing it to direct sunlight. This could easily ignite a fire.

The fire department stated that placing the hand sanitizer inside a car in hot weather, exposing it directly to sunlight, causes light to magnify through the bottle, resulting in danger. Apart from that, being near open flames, smoking in vehicles, or grilling while barbecuing around hand sanitizer can also lead to disaster. Simply, don’t ever expose hand sanitizer to direct heat or smoke.

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