Dr Hilary has debunked fears that hand sanitiser could catch fire in hot cars as soaring temperatures continue to heat up the UK.
Appearing on today’s installment of Good Morning Britain, the medical expert played down the fears after posts have been circulating online .
It comes after NHS Property Services issued a warning “in good faith” to its front line staff.
In a statement, the National Fire Chiefs Council said: “Following widespread news coverage claiming that hand sanitiser kept in vehicles can pose a fire risk, the National Fire Chiefs Council has refuted these reports and confirmed there have been no cases of such fires in the UK.
“NHS Property Services issued a warning about what it considered to be the dangers of keeping sanitisers in vehicles to its front line staff. It has now retracted this advice following further evidence.
“The initial reports stemmed from media articles in the USA. Following this, NHS Property Services issued an internal message to frontline staff, highlighting what it believed to be a potential risk.”
NHS Property Services stated earlier today: “This decision to raise awareness across colleagues was made in good faith. It is now our understanding that the risks associated with hand sanitisers in vehicles only become apparent when in contact with a spark. We will be issuing a formal alert to our frontline teams to clarify this situation.”
According to the Met Office, temperatures could rocket to highs of 34C today in parts of the country as the current heatwave continues for another day.
And due to the coronavirus pandemic, many people will be carrying around hand gels in their bags, pockets or even leaving them inside their cars.
But Dr Hilary has spoken up about fears of leaving hand sanitisers in hot cars, and says people would have to be ‘pretty clumsy’ for the disinfectant to actually catch fire.
He told Susanna Reid that hand sanitisers “are said to be ineffective if it’s less than 60% alcohol, so anything above that, obviously is flammable.”
He added: “You’d need a spark though. I’ve not heard of any anybody being injured by a hand sanitizer that’s caught fire.
“You would probably have to spill it on yourself, while smoking a cigarette, and drop a match on your lap.
“So you would have to be pretty clumsy. The fire services probably hate me for saying this but I think it’d be pretty clumsy for this to happen.”