The Texas Heat can cause Hand Sanitizer to Explode if you Leave it in your Car

Don't leave your hand sanitizer in your car or it could explode, according to Firefighters.

The Texas heat can quickly rise in the Spring and the Summer months. According to experts, the internal temperature in a car can cause hand sanitizer to explode due to exposure to the sun and magnification of the sanitizer (which is highly flammable) through the bottle.


Surprisingly, even a 70 degree sunny day can make the internal temperature of your car hot enough to cause hand sanitizer to explode. The hand sanitizer in the photo above exploded when the temperature was only 95 degrees inside the vehicle. See what the experts say below.

“Basically the car becomes a greenhouse. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.” - Jan Null, San Francisco State University
“When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.” - Center for Disease Control & Prevention

See the viral post from the Western Lakes Fire District:


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