Fire Brigade Warns: Do Not Keep Disinfectant Gel in the Car on Hot Days

According to the fire brigade, there are several dangers in keeping hand cleaning gel in the car. With the recent outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus, a lot of people are now carrying hand cleansers with them wherever they go. Therefore, it is not strange that the disinfectant gel ends up in your car and is there for a period of time. However, it is not really a good idea at all to leave the gel inside the car on hot days, according to the fire brigade.

Don’t keep disinfectant gel in the car

We clearly understand that it is necessary to keep disinfectant gel in the car. For example, when you are in a public space or office, you can quickly use the gel to clean your hands when back to the car. Meanwhile, people don’t understand that leaving hand gel in the car can be very dangerous.

Fire hazard

According to a post several weeks ago on the Facebook page of the Western Lakes Fire District, “Disinfectants mostly contain alcohol and are therefore flammable. Storing the disinfectant gel in your car in hot weather can result to disaster”. Although, the fire brigade meant well, readers actually misunderstood the message he passed. Their thought was that hand gel can quickly catch fire. Subsequently, the fire brigade corrected the message.

A lot of damage

In furtherance, the fire department posted on their Facebook page that “Our goal in the WLFD is to offer timely, accurate, and educational information while responding to the requests of our customers. It has become clear that a recent post about hand sanitizer was taken in different directions from our original goal. We want to take the opportunity to clear up some misunderstandings and ensure that our position is well understood by the public”.

Prevent fire

“Our message was intended to center on preventing fire or injury from the use of hand sanitizer”, the fire brigade said, and in continuation, they stated that bottles, including hand-held bottles, can catch fire when they contain water or other transparent liquids such as hand cleaning products.

“While infrequent, there have been cases in the recent past where reflecting light placed through a clear bottle was able to focus onto a combustible surface and cause a fire. This has primarily been through water bottles since hand sanitizer is usually stored in the same vessel; we wanted to pass it along for the public’s safety. The principle is identical and clearly an additional issue would happen if it occurred in the presence of an alcohol-based product.”

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