COVID-19: Dubai residents told not to leave hand sanitisers in cars


Dubai: Residents in Dubai are being warned against the dangers of leaving hand sanitisers inside vehicles, an official said.

Brigadier Rashid Al Felasi, Assistant Director for Smart Services at Dubai Civil Defence, urged the public not to leave sanitisers inside cars to prevent fires.

“All sanitisers contain alcohol components. We urged the public not to leave these sanitisers under direct sun or store it inside cars as it can cause fires,” Brig Al Felasi said.

This comes after more people are using sterilisation products as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dubai Civil Defence explained that high temperatures can cause such items to explode when left in cars due to a high alcohol level found in sanitisers, which are highly flammable.

People should also avoid exposing hand sanitisers and gloves to open flames, especially in the kitchen.

“To prevent fires, don’t use santisers near ovens or flammable sources. Be careful and adhere to the requirements of fire safety,” he added. More

Ali Al Shouk, Senior Reporter