Can Hand sanitizers cause fire hazards? What is the best way to use hand sanitizer?

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Hand sanitizers come in several varieties, including gels, foams, and liquids. They are meant to be rubbed directly onto the skin without adding water or needing to rinse.

Normal hand sanitizers dries off very fast. Normally, there is no risk of using it. But due to the scare of coronavirus there are many people who are overdoing the use of sanitizers.

If you apply a lot of hand sanitizers it will take considerably more time to dry off. In this condition, going near fire can cause a hazard. Afterall, hand sanitizers do contain alcohol which is highly inflammable.

If you are in a lockdown at home, sanitizers can be replaced by regular soap and water. Hand should be scrubbed for at least 20 seconds.
This should be enough to get rid of the virus since it works equally well.
Sanitizers are better to use when an individual is on the move because of which access to soap and water is not always possible.

Also, a few things we need to keep in mind while using sanitizers is that people should apply a small amount of it (pea size) for the whole hand rubbing it for 20 seconds and should make sure that it has evaporated. After 20 seconds, if it hasn’t evaporated, it means a larger amount is being used.
Also, people who are suffering from hand eczema should take proper care, after every use of a hand sanitizer, they should use hand moisturiser because frequent usage of sanitizers can dry up their skin further, aggravating the eczema.

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