Leaving hand sanitizer in hot vehicles a fire risk

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

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. The association is discouraging people from purchasing large quantities of hand sanitizer during the pandemic.

Dr. Mihaela C. Stefan of the University of Texas Dallas, on the other hand, said that there is another concern for leaving hand sanitizers inside cars on a warm day.

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.

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

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".

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More insight about the possibilities of fires starting in your vehicle during warm weather can be found at this link from the National Fire Protection Association.

In the post, the fire department included links to more information about flammable hand sanitizer and even a video on the subject.

Wright is pleading with the public of the heightened risk of storing sanitizers in warm vehicles.

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

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

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