Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : Hoax Debunked!

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A new viral post is circulating on social media, claiming that a lady badly burned her hands after the alcohol from the hand sanitiser she used caught fire!

Find out what the hoax claimed, and why this is yet another Internet hoax!

Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : Hoax Debunked!


Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : The Hoax!

First, let’s take a look at the viral hoax that people are forwarding on social media. There are actually TWO versions…

Note : We added a HOAX disclaimer to the original photo, to prevent it from being used to fool more people.

This lady here applied sanitizer on her arms and went to the kitchen to cook. The moment she turn on the stove, her hand caught fire due to the alcohol contained in the sanitizer. Do be very careful.

这位女士在这里用消毒剂擦手臂,然后去厨房做饭。 当她打开火炉的那一刻,由于消毒剂中的酒精,手着火了。 要非常小心。

Attention everyone !!!

I just heard terrible news. A family of friends uses hand sanitizer and goes to the kitchen to cook.

As a result, when the HV gas stove is heated his hands burn as his hands contain hand sanitizer and go to the kitchen without washing his hands.

We use hand sanitizer that contains alcohol, so it’s easy to burn. Hope everyone should wash their hands before cooking

Don’t be careless, this sharing is true, not a joke, remember Remember!

Please send it. Another person knows and can avoid another victim.

Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : Hoax Debunked!


Hand Sanitiser Alcohol Catching Fire : Hoax Debunked!

Now, let’s look at why this is yet another Internet hoax…

Alcohol Evaporates Completely!

First of all, the alcohol in alcohol-based hand sanitisers evaporates COMPLETELY when you rub it all over your hands.

If there’s any residue, that would be additives in the hand sanitiser – usually some kind of moisturiser to counter the drying action of the evaporating alcohol.

Unless you leave it to pool in your hands, the alcohol will evaporate completely, leaving nothing to catch fire.

That’s A Skin Graft Donor Site

If we are not mistaken, that picture is of a burn victim whose forearm was harvested for skin grafts.

You can see the sharp edges on her right forearm – an actual burn would not look like that.

You can also see the pattern on the donor site – marks of the dermatome.


What About That Hospital Memo On Alcohol Catching Fire?

You may have seen this Penang Adventist Hospital internal memo circulating around the same time.

Alcohol hand sanitiser storage warning

If you actually read it carefully, it merely points out that alcohol-based hand sanitisers are POTENTIALLY flammable, which is true.

So it makes sense for them to warn that it would be a good idea to keep alcohol-based hand sanitisers away from high temperatures and flames.

But nowhere did it state that the alcohol in such hand sanitisers can catch fire AFTER you use it to sanitise your hands!


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