We all together can help stop the spread of deadly infections by washing our hands time and again with soap and water for 20 to 25 seconds, especially before eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing and sneezing. But, if you have no access to water and soap, it is recommended to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol. Whatever be the alcohol percentage; all alcohol-based sanitizers are inflammable and are a hazard if not used properly. That's why it is better to take certain safety measures while using alcohol-based sanitizers. You are watching NYK. Watch this video to learn how to handle, use, and store hand sanitizers.
• USE SANITIZERS WITH ATLEAST 60% ALCOHOL
With the pandemic in place, people all around have increased their usage of hand sanitizers. Well, health experts have recommended using hand sanitizer with at least alcohol content. They are 99.99% effective at killing many types of germs, bacteria, including viruses.
• KEEP SANITIZERS AWAY FROM HEAT SOURCES
With a presence of 60% alcohol, hand sanitizers can evaporate at room temperature and are highly flammable. So, you must avoid using these highly inflammable liquids near fire or heating places like gas stoves.
• DO NOT DRINK SANITIZER
It's a no brainer. Yes, sanitizers do contain alcohol, but it doesn't mean it is safe to swallow. Do not ever drink them. If ingested, all types of hand sanitizers included alcohol-based can be harmful even to adults. Also, keep sanitizers away from the reach of kids.
• AVOID USING SANITIZER AT HOME
It's the most important point. Avoid using hand sanitizers while at home and try to always wash your hands with soap & water. Use it only in a case of emergency or if soap & water is not available.
Prevention is always better than cure! So, keep these points in mind while using alcohol-based hand sanitizers.