Don’t leave hand sanitizer in your car on a hot day, the fire department says

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — Firefighters in Wisconsin sent out a reminder to everyone that it can be potentially dangerous to leave clear plastic water bottles or hand sanitizer in your car if they’re exposed to direct sunlight during hot temperatures.

“By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable. Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to the sun causing magnification of light through the bottle, and particularly being next to the open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster,” wrote the Western Lakes Fire District on Facebook.

A picture shared by the department shows a smoldering driver’s side door. It’s a message of caution that these sorts of accidents can happen, and a reminder as summer approaches to be careful of these sorts of things.

More insight about the possibilities of fires starting in your car during warm weather can be found at this link from the National Fire Protection Association.

This story was originally published by James Groh at WTMJ.

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