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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:11 AM

Hand sanitizer and fireworks don't mix, experts warn

By Rachael Rettner - Senior Writer 8 hours ago

The combination of hand sanitizer and fireworks is a "recipe for disaster."

Don't use hand sanitizer if you're handling fireworks this Fourth of July, experts warn.

That's because hand sanitizers typically contain 60% to 70% alcohol, which is highly flammable. And fireworks well, the word "fire" is in the name.

"Alcohol and fire do not mix," National Safety Council (NSC) spokesperson Maureen Vogel told CNN. "You shouldn't pair flammable items; it's the proverbial recipe for disaster."

Even sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius), according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), making them an easy ignition source. Fireworks should be kept away from all flammable materials, according to the NSC.


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