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Experts warn that if you leave hand sanitizer in your hot car, it could explode

Experts warn that disinfectant disinfectant can EXPLODE if you leave hand sanitizer in your hot car

  • Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based, from 60 percent to 70 percent, making them flammable
  • Because it is flammable, the bottle may heat up and explode if you leave the disinfectant in a hot car in direct sunlight
  • A retired firefighter said pump bottle fumes are the most dangerous because they can leak and ignite spontaneously
  • In the US, there are more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 95,000 deaths
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Health experts have encouraged us to use hand sanitizer for months when we are out to protect ourselves from the coronavirus pandemic.

But it turns out there is a hidden danger in that disinfectant bottle. If exposed to direct sunlight, it can explode.

The warning comes after the Western Lakes Fire District shared a photo with a burned-out door from the driver’s side of a car.

According to the post, hand sanitizer can ignite in a vehicle exposed to direct sunlight, which can seriously damage your vehicle.

Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based, from 60 percent to 70 percent, making them flammable (file image)

Most hand sanitizers are alcohol based, from 60 percent to 70 percent, making them flammable (file image)

Because it is flammable and leaves the disinfectant in direct sunlight in a hot car, the bottle can heat up and explode (see photo)

Because it is flammable and leaves the disinfectant in direct sunlight in a hot car, the bottle can heat up and explode (see photo)

Because it is flammable and leaves the disinfectant in direct sunlight in a hot car, the bottle can heat up and explode (see photo)

“Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to the sun, and especially standing next to an open flame while smoking or grilling in vehicles while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster,” post read.

“Please respect the options and be fireproof.”

Experts say most hand sanitizers are alcohol-based, from 60 percent to 70 percent, making them flammable.

“It’s flammable and irritating,” Sherrie Wilson, the first female firefighter paramedic at the Dallas Rescue Department, told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.

“If it ventilates and if it ventilates in a small space such as a car and vapor is released, it can explode.”

Wilson, now retired, told the station that pump bottle vapors can leak and ignite spontaneously.

“What happens to flammables is that they turn to vapor and evaporate in a confined space that was a car,” she said.

“And if there is static electricity, it could just be someone getting in and putting on a sweater or jacket or something.”

However, some are skeptical. According to WMTV, hand sanitizer should reach a temperature of about 300F to burn.

Vehicles, which can heat up enough to injure or even kill people and animals, don’t get much hotter than 160F.

Experts say that to be safe, the best option is to keep the hand sanitizer with you and not leave it in your car.

In the US, there are more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 95,000 deaths.

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