Abu Dhabi Police issued a new warning to residents to take care when using and storing hand sanitizers as these can increase the risk of fire.
5 June 2020| Last updated on 7 June 2020
Authorities have said that some hand sanitizers and gels contain over 60% alcohol, making them easily flammable.
On their official Twitter page, the Abu Dhabi Police have released a new cautionary message to UAE residents on misusing and mishandling hand sanitizers as well as hand gloves, as some are highly flammable due to their ingredients and material.
Abu Dhabi police tweeted: "This is how "hand sanitizer" turns into a safety risk" and "Be careful! Hand sanitizer and gloves are flammable."
Residents are advised to avoid exposing their hand sanitizers, recently sanitized hands, and gloves to open fires and gas cooking stoves. After using sanitizing liquids, gels, and sprays, the public has been warned to make sure their hands and arms are completely dry before going near flammable sources.
Drivers are also called to avoid leaving sanitizers in their vehicles, due to the rising UAE temperatures this summer.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, health authorities have been urging the public to frequently wash their hands with soap and water in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, or to rub them with hand sanitizer.
People across the globe have introduced the regular practice of applying hand sanitizers as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus. Most hand sanitizers are effective in keeping one's hands clean due to its alcohol content and other active ingredients. It's been used as a quick method to stay safe when water and soap isn't available.
Hand gloves are another preventive measure to keep our hands safe from the risk touching infected surfaces.
UAE health authorities identified 626 new coronavirus cases, 724 full recoveries, and one death, bringing the country's total to 38,268.
Over 2.5 million COVID-19 tests have been carried out in the UAE.