Experts claim hand sanitizer kept in the car can prove to be fatal
"What could possibly go wrong?" A lot.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the developed countries saw a massive bump in demand of two commodities - hand sanitizers and toilet papers. While carrying toilet papers in your car can be a life-saver, especially if you get abrupt calls from nature, the same can’t be said about carrying sanitizers.
Experts claim hand sanitizer kept in the car can reduce its efficacy or effectiveness. That, only if you leave the sanitizer inside the car for long. How long you ask? “For days at a time or weeks,” says FGCU Associate Professor Dr Greg Boyce who works in the Department of Chemistry and Physics.
If you’re already aware, hand sanitizers contain alcohol that aid in eliminating various viruses. As per Dr Boyce, if a sanitizer bottle is kept inside the car, which itself is parked at a junction where temperatures continue to rise, the sanitizer loses some of its efficacy or effectiveness.
Rising temperatures cause the active ingredient in the sanitizer, i.e. alcohol to evaporate. When that happens, your sanitizer cannot provide the level of protection it was supposed to. Hence, it is advised that one needs to let the sanitizers cool down if kept in the car under rising temperatures, to avoid skin irritation.
Or to answer the ‘what could possibly go wrong?’ phrase, an accident was recently reported with the cause being sanitizers. Apparently, an employee parked his truck and left to carry out an errand. On returning, he found the driver side window was starting to get fogged up.
On approaching the vehicle, he identified a fire had broken out in his vehicle from the same place where he used to keep his alcohol-based sanitizer bottle at - the driver side door. Although the fire department was summoned, the fire seems to have died down by itself due to lack of fresh oxygen.
Hence, it is extremely crucial and heavily advised that you don’t leave a bottle of sanitizer inside your car indefinitely. Especially if your parking spot is placed right where the sun shines the brightest. Doing so can not only invite new problems to yourself but can also turn out to be an expensive and unnecessary issue.