[Ed. – Protecting against the coronavirus can be hazardous to your health.]
There’s a hidden risk with keeping hand sanitizer in your car, especially during the hot summer months.
Flammable liquids and direct sunlight can make it explode.
“It’s flammable and it’s an irritant,” said retired Dallas firefighter Sherrie Wilson. “When it’s venting and if it’s venting in a small space like a car, and vapor is released, it can explode.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety is sharing a photo from firefighters with the Western Lakes Fire District in Wisconsin. It shows serious damage to the drivers side door of a car caused by “hand sanitizer igniting in a hot vehicle that reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit inside the vehicle.”
Wilson said pump bottles pose a greater risk because vapors can leak into a hot car creating a combustible environment.
There are also concerns that leaving hand sanitizer in a hot car could make it less effective.