Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Warnings over possible combustion from hand sanitizer lead to controversySubmitted: 05/22/2020
Zack White
Zack White
Reporter
zwhite@wjfw.com

Warnings over possible combustion from hand sanitizer lead to controversy
-

Have you seen the rumor online about the possible dangers of hand sanitizer on a hot day?

It caught on enough that a Waukesha County Fire Department, and several others gave a warning not to leave hand sanitizer alone in hot cars.

The Western Lakes Fire District posted a picture showing a burned-out car door explaining most hand sanitizers are alcohol-based, making them flammable.

Back in April, The National Fire Protection Association Director Guy Colonna explained it is possible that hand sanitizer could catch fire.

"Once those vapors concentrate in those right proportions along with fuel vapors with the oxygen in the air, then the only thing that is missing is an viable ignition source," said Colonna.



However, The Poynter Institute of Media Studies reported this hoax first appeared in Thailand, but eventually spread to Costa Rica and Brazil.

According to Poynter, La NaciĆ³n, a Coasta Rican fact checking network discovered that while car fires are not infrequent in Costa Rica, there have been no reports of hand sanitizer causing them.

Poynter reported that AFP Thailand's fact-check used a reverse-image search and found the video was actually from 2015

The image used in the Thai post, matched the one used by the fire department, the fire was attributed to two Saudis setting their door ablaze with an aerosol can and a lighter. There doesn't appear to have been any hand sanitizer present.

Fact checkers in Brazil found that a car would need to reach an internal temperature above 300 degrees Celsius or 572 degrees Fahrenheit to cause hand sanitizer to combust.

study conducted by Arizona State University looking at cars parked in triple-digit summer heat found temperatures topped out around 160 F. 



Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - Wisconsin health officials have recorded nearly 20 more COVID-19-related deaths since Thursday.

The state Department of Health Services says the number of deaths in the state as of Friday afternoon stood at 568, up 18 from the same time on Thursday.

The total number of cases stood at 17,707, an increase of 733 from Thursday. Nearly 2,500 people have been hospitalized.

+ Read More

BLACK RIVER FALLS - The death of an inmate in the Jackson County Jail is under investigation.

+ Read More

MADISON, WI - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proud to host the 8th annual Wisconsin Free Fun Weekend. Park admission fees, fishing license and trail pass requirements will be waived on June 6-7 to encourage Wisconsinites to take advantage of and enjoy Wisconsin's outdoors.

During Free Fun Weekend June 6-7:

- No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required.
- People may fish without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps. All other fishing regulations apply.
- ATV, UTVs, and OHMs are exempt from registration requirements. Resident and non-resident all-terrain vehicle operators do not need a trail pass to ride state ATV trails.
- Capacity limits remain in effect at some properties to limit overcrowding.
- Visitors are asked to recreate responsibly close to home and practice social distancing.

Before heading to a state park, trail or waterbody near you, here are some additional things to know:

FISHING

- Residents and non-residents will not be required to have a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps.
- All 2020-2021 fishing regulations apply including bag and length limits.
- Due to the public health risk, loaner equipment will not be available. Anglers should bring their own equipment and bait.
- Only anglers living in the same household (i.e. family members or roommates) should fish within six feet of one another.
- Events such as fishing clinics are canceled.
- Anglers are encouraged to have a backup plan in the event there is crowding or unsafe conditions where they plan to fish. We encourage everyone to fish safely and responsibly.
- Locate launches and shorefishing access points near you.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - 114 colorful flower baskets will soon flood the streets of downtown Rhinelander.

For eight years the master gardeners at Forth Floral have put their effort into making downtown appealing to visitors.

Every April, petunias--one of the easiest flowers to grow and maintain--are picked out by color and grown in the greenhouse.

After that, each basket is displayed in June and watered every day for the rest of the season.

Forth Floral co-owner Ruth Hempel knows the impact the flowers have on people.

"Oh, people just love the hanging baskets. It's just been a real boost, it's good for our community as well as all the visitors that come to town. It just makes downtown a really beautiful place," she said.

A committee works with downtown to fund a campaign to fund the planting and maintenance of the flowers.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the group is struggling to find people to help nurture the plants.

+ Read More

MADISON - The National Guard as a whole is made up of many multi-faceted individuals, coming from many different backgrounds and offering many different types of skillsets where training and knowledge gained inside and outside of their military careers are often brought to enhance the fight.

+ Read More

MADISON - In a press release Friday, Gov. Tony Evers released the following statement on the death of George Floyd:

+ Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Friday that the United States will cut ties with the World Health Organization.

"China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year," Trump said during a press conference from the White House Rose Garden.

"The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency. Why is it that China shut off infected people from Wuhan to all other parts of China?" he added. "It didn't go to Beijing, it went nowhere else, but they allowed them to freely travel throughout the world, including Europe and the United States."

Trump has repeatedly criticized the WHO's response to the coronavirus, which has hit the U.S. worse than any other country, amid scrutiny of his own administration's response to the pandemic. He has claimed WHO is "China-centric" and blames the agency for advising against China travel bans early in the outbreak.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: