Testing it at home is ironically more dangerous. <small> Cover image via Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail Twitter </small>
Malaysians are testing whether hand sanitiser is flammable in dangerous tests at home, after a warning went viral on social media
A picture showing a person suffering from severe burns on their arms has been spreading along with variations of a message reading, "Beware! Hand sanitiser contains alcohol, so it easily catches on fire."
They then tell the story of a woman’s hands catching on fire as soon as she turned on a gas stove because she did not wash her hands before cooking.
Unfortunately, some Malaysians have already become puzzled by the viral message that borders between truth and lie
A few people are warning others about the 'danger' by setting their own hand sanitisers alight at home, which is probably more dangerous in its own doing.
This Twitter user warned, “Be careful guys, I was shocked too,” as he tried to set a drop of hand sanitiser on fire, and as expected, it caught on fire and burnt a piece of tissue paper.
"Be careful with hand sanitiser," this Facebook user said while sharing their home experiment, of setting some on fire in a bowl.</p> <p>Meanwhile, this video on Twitter shows a lady addressing the viral message, and in an attempt to debunk it, sets her fingers on fire with hand sanitiser still wet on her hands.</p>
While it is a well-known fact that hand sanitiser is flammable as it contains approximately 60% of ethyl alcohol, the viral message has to be fake news
The US Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does warn of fire safety when using alcohol-based hand rubs, as its alcohol component readily evaporates into an ignitable vapor at room temperature.
However, for proper use, and to minimise the risk of fire, the CDC also states that users should rub their hands until dry, indicating that all flammable alcohol has evaporated.
And thus, disproves that hand sanitiser users have to further wash their hands before cooking, as long as their hands are dry.
According to tech website Techarp, the picture of the cooking victim whose forearm was burnt is most likely a picture of a patient whose arm was harvested for skin grafts, as burns do not cause sharp edges as seen in the photo.
Washing your hands with soap and water is more effective than using hand sanitisers anyway:
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