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Hand sanitizer could pose fire risk if improperly stored

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The Lethbridge Fire Prevention Bureau says storing alcohol-based hand sanitizers in warmer temperatures could increase the risk of a fire.

Because of its high alcohol levels, hand sanitizer has a very low flashpoint – the temperature at which its vapors ignite if given an ignition source.

The flashpoint of hand sanitizer is only about 20 degrees Celsius.

Storing it in vehicles, especially in hot weather, can increase the potential for ignition.

With warm weather quickly approaching, residents are being asked to ensure these products are always stored in a cool, dry place.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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