Virginia fire department addresses concerns over leaving hand sanitizer in hot car

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(Photo: Courtesy Staunton Fire and Rescue)

(Photo: Courtesy Staunton Fire and Rescue)

STAUNTON, Va. (WFXR) — Staunton Fire and Rescue stepped up on Saturday to clear up a few facts after various social media posts circulated the web about car fires resulting from leaving hand sanitizer inside a hot vehicle.

According to the department — who received information from the National Fire Protection Association — the compounds that make up typical hand sanitizers are not prone to spontaneous heating or self-reacting.

In fact, in order to reach the ignition temperature of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers, fire officials say it would require temperatures beyond 700 degrees Fahrenheit. While exposure to the summer sun in a closed vehicle can reportedly produce temperatures close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, it is not likely to reach 700 degrees.

“Just remember to try and keep the bottle out of direct sunlight, but you should do the same for any clear bottle that could refract or magnify the sunlight,” says Staunton Fire and Rescue Department.

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