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This picture shows damage to a car as result of hand sanitiser fire
This picture shows damage to a car as result of hand sanitiser fire

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser - Vehicle Fires

This is to alert all everyone to the potential fire risk in vehicles, caused by alcohol-based hand sanitiser. We have received a number of reports of hand sanitiser being the cause of fires when left in vehicles in the hot weather the UK is currently experiencing. 

The alcohol hand sanitiser is becoming heated resulting in flammable vapours being released. These vapours are reaching their 'flashpoint' and then ignite in normal air conditions, setting fire to flammable components within the car.

Product Details 

All alcohol-based hand sanitiser products

What you need to do 

Remove all alcohol-based hand sanitiser products from vehicles when they are not occupied, do not leave hand sanitiser in unattended vehicles.

Temperature difference outside to inside a vehicle
Temperature difference outside to inside a vehicle

You should continue to use hand sanitiser as part of your hygiene routine where you cannot use soap & water.

Remember: hand hygiene is one of the most effective methods to stop the spread of COVID-19 following indirect contact (picking up the virus up by touching contaminated surfaces and objects)

Wash your hands to stop the spread of COVID_19
Wash your hands to stop the spread of COVID_19