Dublin Fire Brigade warn of 'invisible' fires caused by common hand sanitiser
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Dublin Fire Brigade warn of 'invisible' fires caused by common hand sanitiser

DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE (DFB) have sent out a warning to the public about the danger of spilling hand sanitiser.

They released a video which appears to show how the sanitiser can burn 'invisibly'.

The alarming clip shows regular footage of a small section of carpet which doesn't appear to be on fire, alongside thermal footage of the same spot, which shows a small flame burning.

"We set up an experiment with Merchant's Quay 61st scouts to demonstrate how a spillage of hand sanitiser can burn invisibly and unnoticed," the DFB wrote in a tweet.

"A small quantity of sanitiser was spilled on carpet and set alight. The fire is clearly visible on the thermal image camera."

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As per the fire brigade's advice, all hand sanitiser dispensers should be equipped with drip-trays and any spillages should be cleaned immediately.

They also stress that dispensers should never be placed above or on a carpet.

A DFB spokesperson said: "It's because of the alcohol content. Alcohol/ethanol burns with an almost invisible flame."

"Dispensers should have an integrated drip tray, or tray underneath to catch spillages. Any spillages should be cleaned up immediately. Never install a dispenser above carpet," the spokesperson added.

"Hand sanitiser has a flash point as low as 23 degrees Celsius."

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