Hand sanitizers and fireworks is a recipe for disaster

Hand sanitizers and fireworks is a recipe for disaster

Safety officials suggest washing hands with soap and water before handling fireworks, instead of using sanitizers

Safety officials are reminding people ahead of Fourth of July celebrations that hand sanitizer and fireworks are a dangerous mix and should not be mixed together. Hand sanitizers, like ours, contain alcohol 60% and above, and as everybody knows, but often forgets, alcohol is highly flammable. While hand sanitizers have become became one of the main ingredients for personal hygiene and safety people should take precautions while using fireworks during our holiday of independence. The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to wash our hands a lot more often and also use sanitizers whenever possible. But holidays should not be spoiled by an unnecessary injury.

National Safety Council warns people that “Alcohol and fire do not mix, you shouldn’t pair flammable items; it’s the proverbial recipe for disaster.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises keeping a bucket of water or a water hose nearby in case of a mishap. The commission also says young children shouldn’t handle fireworks, including sparklers, as some sparklers are hot enough to burn certain metals. In 2019, fireworks led to 10,000 injuries and at least 12 deaths, the commission said.