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Debunking the myth: Hand sanitiser in cars DO NOT pose a fire risk

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council in refuting reports claiming that hand sanitiser kept in vehicles can pose a fire risk.

Following widespread news coverage claiming that hand sanitiser kept in vehicles can pose a fire risk, the National Fire Chiefs Council refuted these reports and confirmed there have been no cases of such fires in the UK.

NHS Property Services issued a warning about what it considered to be the dangers of keeping sanitisers in vehicles to its front line staff. It has now retracted this advice following further evidence.

Roy Wilsher, NFCC Chair said: "We want to reassure people that this product will not combust if left in a car - even on the hottest day. For hand sanitiser to cause a fire it would need to come into contact with a spark. 

"Hand sanitiser is very important in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, therefore it is essential we debunk this myth. We advise people to ensure they store their hand sanitisers in vehicles safely, which includes keeping bottles closed and out of direct sunlight. such as in the glove box. This will ensure the contents do not deteriorate and means bottles cannot be magnified by the sun. Sanitiser should also be kept away from naked flame."

Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety said: "We all need to work together to beat this pandemic, and challenging incorrect news is a good place to start. We fully support the National Fire Chiefs Council's message and would ask our public to help share this news and correct people when they hear outdated versions of this story."

 

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