28th May 2020

Is hand sanitiser a fire risk?

Post by Wet Room Materials

Sanitising your hands properly

An alcohol-based hand rubbing gel should be used to sanitise your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of viruses such Covid 19. Keeping your hands clean is a simple and important step to making sure we take care of ourselves and everyone around us as well as helping us to maintain good hand hygiene. For more information, see our blog The Importance of Hand Hygiene, and tips’.

Are alcohol hand sanitisers flammable?

The reason why hand sanitiser gel has alcohol in it is because the higher percentage of alcohol, the more effective it will be at reducing germs. Hand sanitisers that contains alcohol are flammable and can be a fire hazard if not stored and used correctly. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are classified as Class I Flammable Liquid substances, this means that they have a flash-point of less than 100-degree Fahrenheit and contain ethyl alcohol, which evaporates at room temperature into an ignitable vapour.

Tips on hand sanitiser safety 

Here are some tips to keep safe when applying hand sanitiser:

  • Wait at least a minute for the hand sanitiser gel to dry on your hands and then wave your hands to remove any vapours that may be floating around in the air
  • Remember that alcohol-base hand sanitiser is flammable and should be handled with extra caution
  • Avoid being near flames when using hand sanitiser and shortly after
  • Ensures storage of flammable liquids in a safe manner and maintain methods for quick exits in case of fire
  • Do not leave flammable hand sanitiser gels in a vehicle or by a window
  • Keep hand sanitiser in it’s original container with original label to be able to identify if required
  • Do not drink hand sanitiser. This is particularly important for young children, especially toddlers, who may be attracted by the pleasant smell or brightly coloured bottles of hand sanitiser.
  • Alcohol Hand Sanitiser is not pet friendly. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially dangerous, call your vet right away

 

SharpHygiene

SharpHygiene have created a highly visible Free Standing and Wall Mounted Hand Hygiene Station which are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Our Hygiene Stations are developed In-line with government guidelines to make your business Covid Secure and protect your customers, employees and business from potential virus outbreaks. The striking design attracts attention to maximise usage and incorporates user information to comply with section 5.3 of UK government’s Hygiene: handwashing, sanitation facilities and toilets guidelines. Both stations are anti-tamper protected and require a key to open the dispenser.

Find out more about SharpHygiene products.

 

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