Hand sanitizer is important to keep around, but you might not want to keep it in your car on a hot day.
Here’s why it can be dangerous to keep your bottle of hand sanitizer in your hot car.
”Most people leave their sanitizer in the center console of their car, making it easy to get into your car, remove your mask and gloves if you’re wearing them, and lather up your hands to reduce your risk of infection.
However, experts have recently expressed some concern with leaving hand sanitizer in your car in light of the warmer summer weather we’re about to experience. It turns out that the combination of hand sanitizer in a hot car can cause be dangerous and cause some pretty unfortunate consequences.
“By its nature, hand sanitizer is essentially alcohol and therefore flammable,” stated a Milwaukee fire district in a Facebook post that’s since racked up thousands of shares. “Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to the sun, and being next to open flame such as grills can lead to disaster.””
I have also read that the heat can cause the alcohol to evaporate thus rendering it less effective.