OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (WMTV/Gray News) - A Wisconsin fire department warns about the dangers of leaving hand sanitizer in vehicles on a hot day. However, the post and similar ones have also drawn criticism over whether or not the risk actually exists.
In a post showing a burned-out car door, the Western Lakes Fire District explains most hand sanitizers are alcohol-based, making them flammable.
“Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to sun, and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster,” the post read.
“Please respect the possibilities and be fire safe,” the fire department urges.
The fire district also warned of the risks of leaving clear water bottles in cars on a warm day.
In the post, the fire department including links to more information about flammable hand sanitizer and even a video on the subject.