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Wisconsin fire department warns public about leaving hand sanitizer in your car on warm days

The Western Lakes Fire District in Wisconsin is warning the public about the dangers of leaving hand sanitizer bottles in your car during hot weather.

The Western Lakes Fire District in Wisconsin is warning the public about what could happen to your car if you leave a bottle of hand sanitizer inside when it is warm outside.

Posted: May 21, 2020 6:30 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 10:01 AM

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (WFFT) — A fire department in Wisconsin is warning the public about why it might not be a good idea to leave hand sanitizer in their vehicles on a hot day.

On Thursday, in a Facebook post showing a burned car door, the Western Lakes Fire District said most hand sanitizers are alcohol-based, naturally making them flammable.

“By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable," the department said. "Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to sun, and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster.”

The fire district also warned of the risks of leaving clear water bottles in cars on a warm day.

“Please respect the possibilities and be fire safe,” the fire district says.

Point of clarification: The photo provided Western Lakes Fire District did not take place in Wisconsin and they said "we thankfully have not" had this kind of incident happen in their area.

WLFD provided links from the National Fire Protection Association Warnings on the potential dangers of leaving hand sanitizer inside your car:

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