Hand Sanitizer Can Explode in Cars, Warns Fire Dept. and More News

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Hand Sanitizer Can Explode in Cars, Warns Fire Department; Coronavirus Mutation Causing Prolonged Sickness and Negative Test Results; and Menthol Cigarettes Banned Because of Risk to Young People.

Hand Sanitizer Can Explode in Cars, Warns Fire Department

a car door burned from hand sanitizer exposed to heat
Facebook | Western Lakes Fire District

A Wisconsin fire department is warning people not to leave hand sanitizer in their car when it’s hot outside. A photo posted to their Facebook page shows what can happen.

“By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable. Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to sun causing magnification of light through the bottle, and particularly being next to open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster,” wrote Western Lakes Fire District.

The department is now urging people to “simply be careful and realize that a product we all use very frequently can be dangerous if it contacts open flame of any kind. But, specifically cigarettes or those from grills.”

Related: Car Blows Up After Driver Lights Up

Coronavirus Mutation Causing Prolonged Sickness and Negative Test Results

Chinese doctors are getting concerned that the coronavirus may be changing in unknown ways. These changes might complicate efforts to help contain the disease.

Patients in some areas were found to carry the virus for a longer period of time than usual. Not only that, but those sick patients are also taking longer to test negative after recovery.

Qiu Haibo, one of China’s top critical care doctors, spoke on state television about the matter.

“The longer period during which infected patients show no symptoms has created clusters of family infections,” warns Qiu.

Two provinces, Shengyang and Shulan, Jilin city, are experiencing a resurgence of infection that has sparked renewed lockdown measures. The region includes 100 million people.

Related: Trump Admin Cuts Cure Funding for COVID-19 as Death Toll Rises

Menthol Cigarettes Banned Because of Risk to Young People

As of this week, menthol cigarettes have been banned in UK. The theory behind the ban is that menthol cigarettes are a gateway to an inpatient rehabs center. This is because a menthol cigarette tastes nicer than most and opens the airways. Therefore, it’s easier for children to inhale, which could lead to an addiction to nicotine and create a pathway toward normal cigarettes.

However, 21-year-old Matt thinks people should be able to make their own decisions. Speaking to LADbible, he said:

“Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. In the past few years, the UK has outlawed any branding, advertising, smaller packs, and made them double or triple the price they used to be.

“The argument that kids are going to start smoking these days just because it’s a menthol I think is a bit ridiculous. I feel the UK has already done enough and although it’s frustrating to smokers, I understand the other regulations brought in but there’s got to be a point where enough is enough.

“I believe people should be able to choose their lifestyle and not be judged. We get educated that smoking is bad at a young age and these days, with all packaging being an unattractive brown color and very expensive, I can’t imagine nearly as many people would want to start the habit as they did years ago.”

Related: Students Demand Smoke Breaks of One Hour Per Day