Jesus Christ. First, you couldn't find hand sanitizer anywhere. Then certain businesses decided to play the supply and demand game during a period of monumental crisis and double/triple the cost, but of course you were paying for it because you weren't willing to put a price on your life. Now we're being told that same hand sanitizer could potentially be a dangerous explosive???
“By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable,” the fire officials wrote on Facebook May 21, alongside a photo of a driver-side door interior that had been mangled and melted by hand sanitizer.
“Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to sun causing magnification of light through the bottle — and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend — can lead to disaster,” they explained.
Nah. This Texas girl just couldn't believe this nonsense. I've left all sorts of shit - hand sanitizer included - in my car in 105-degree weather, with the sun blazing straight through my car windows for HOURS, and I've never experienced anything remotely close to my car interior being melted off, Two-Face style.
So I dug a little deeper and, well, what do you know...
At that temperature, however, you still need an ignition source like a flame for combustion to occur… Hand sanitizer is not subject to self-heating and would require temperatures to reach over 700 degrees Fahrenheit to spontaneously combust.
Moral of the story: unless Harvey Dent is your spirit monster, don't light a cigarette if your hand sanitizer has been quietly boiling in your car for a bit.
OR stay your ass home. Not only is home where the heart is, it's also where threats are not. You know where you don't need to worry about gd sanitizer exploding on you? In your home! You know where you don't need to worry about a virus infecting you? In your home! Just stay home, maybe adopt a dog for company, and stop fanning the fire.