A viral post of an alcohol bottle exploding inside a car served as a warning to the public to avoid leaving alcohol bottles inside vehicles especially if it’s exposed to high heat.
The photos, which were taken by Joyce Ann Canlas and shared on social media by ABS-CBN News, showed that the bottle of isopropyl alcohol burst at the bottom part and damaged the interiors of the car, including the passenger seat and the ceiling. The window on the passenger side also shattered after the explosion.
According to Joyce, her boyfriend left the alcohol on the passenger seat. Unfortunately, they parked the car, a sedan, in an area where there was no shade. The incident happened in a warehouse located in Cainta, Rizal.
Following the incident, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines reminded the public to store alcohol bottles properly inside the car.
“All alcohol bottles have a warning about flammability, so if the conditions are bad, this can happen,” said FDA Director General Eric Domingo as reported by ABS-CBN News.
He added that the FDA will release an advisory to “remind the public that flammable substance like alcohol should be kept in proper conditions to avoid accidents.”
Alcohol bottles usually come with precautions that it should be tightly closed and stored at temperatures not exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. The same goes with aerosol bottles, commonly used as disinfectant spray, and even water bottles. (Watch what happens when you leave a hot water bottle inside a car here.)
Alcohol, hand sanitizers, and disinfecting sprays have become staples inside vehicles and home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a study published in February 2020 in The Journal of Hospital Infection, human coronavirus may linger on surfaces for at least nine days if not disinfected. Fortunately, cleaning surfaces using common disinfecting products can help kill the virus.
Be careful of the things that you leave inside your vehicles. Click here for a list of items to avoid.