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Hand sanitizer could pose fire risk if left in warm places

​The Lethbridge Fire Prevention Bureau would like to advise the public of a possible increased fire risk surrounding the storage of alcohol based hand sanitizers.

While hand sanitizer is great resource to protect against the transmission of COVID-19, there is an increased fire risk when it comes to storing the product. Alcohol based hand sanitizers have a very low flashpoint (temperature at which its vapors ignite if given an ignition source) due to the percentage of alcohol required in these products. The flashpoint of hand sanitizers is approximately 20 degrees Celsius or 60 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

With the increasing use of the alcohol based hand sanitizers, along with the warm temperatures fast approaching, residents are reminded of a possible increased fire risk when storing alcohol based hand sanitizer in higher temperature environments. Storing hand sanitizer in vehicles, especially in warmer temperatures, can increase the potential for ignition. Please ensure hand sanitizers are always stored in a cool, dry place.

For more details, watch this video from our friends at the US National Fire Protection Association


Media contact:
Heath Wright
Chief Fire Marshal
Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services