Are Alcohol-Based Sanitizers Safe? | DAB Hand Sanitizer
Facts to determine when a non-alcohol hand sanitizer is the safest, practical choice.
The CDC recommends the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The CDC also recommends that these same alcohol-based sanitizers are stored out of reach of young children and only used with adult supervision. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE CDC RECOMMENDS THE USE OF NON-ALCOHOL SANITIZERS WHEN “NOT-PRACTICAL”.
Other options, such as non-alcohol hand sanitizers or wipes, can be used if soap and water or alcohol hand sanitizers are not available or practical.
NON-PRACTICAL USAGES OF ALCOHOL-BASED SANITIZERS
- Rehab Facilities
- Cruise Ships
- Warehouse Storing Alcohol Sanitizers
THE CDC STATES IN THEIR MMWR...
In this analysis, alcohol hand sanitizer exposures, the majority of which were ingestions, were associated with worse outcomes than non-alcohol hand sanitizer exposures. Older children (aged 6–12 years) were more likely to report intentional ingestion and to have adverse health effects and worse outcomes than were younger children, suggesting that older children might be deliberately misusing or abusing alcohol hand sanitizers.
To read the full CDC – MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) CLICK HERE
TAKE NOTES ON THESE ALARMING ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER FACTS
Most hand sanitizer products contain over 60% Ethanol or Isopropyl alcohol which is considerably more than beer, wine, and most alcoholic drinks.
UPSTATE NY POISON CONTROL CENTER
While safe to use as directed on hands, the accidental ingestion of a relatively small amount of this product by children poses a serious poisoning risk. The concern for poisoning relates to the active ingredient in these hand sanitizer products, ethyl alcohol. Most hand sanitizer products contain over 60% ethyl alcohol, a stronger alcohol concentration than most hard liquors. A child ingesting any more than a taste of this product could be at risk for alcohol poisoning.
INGESTION OF AS LITTLE AS AN OUNCE OR TWO BY A SMALL CHILD COULD BE FATAL.
Hand sanitizers should be kept well out of reach of children at all times, and used only with careful adult supervision. CLICK HERE to read more!
Do not drink hand sanitizer. This is particularly important for young children, especially toddlers, who may be attracted by the pleasant smell or brightly colored bottles of hand sanitizer. Drinking even a small amount of hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning in children. Do not allow pets to swallow hand sanitizer. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially dangerous, call your veterinarian or a pet poison control center right away.
400% increase in cases of children under 12 using 18,625 EXPOSURE CASES hand sanitizer to get drunk. about hand sanitizers in children 12 years or younger. As of July 2020, poison control centers in the US managed
According to data retrieved from the National Poison Data System (NPDS), there were 18,625 Hand Sanitizer exposure cases reported to the 55 U.S. Poison Control Centers (Jan. 1, 2020 through Jul. 19, 2020), which resulted in an increase of 59% compared to the same time period during the previous year.
ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER IS CLASSIFIED AS A CLASS III FLAMMABLE LIQUID SUBSTANCE.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
WHAT IS A FLASHPOINT AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Flashpoint matters because when you want to determine the flammability of a substance, you look at its flashpoint. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are made with Ethanol or Isopropyl Alcohol. These substances have fairly low flashpoints, of about 60-64 degrees Fahrenheit. Having a low flash point means that you don’t necessarily need an external heat source for the fire to occur. The vapors of the substance in high concentration are dangerous all on their own. In short, alcohol-based sanitizers are highly flammable and should be treated as such. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes that any storage of 5 gallons or more of alcohol-based hand sanitizer would be considered large quantities and thus fall under the regulatory requirements of NFPA 30. NFPA 30 is the code for flammable and combustible liquids and provides safeguards to reduce the hazards associated with the storage, handling, and use of flammable and combustible liquids.
"Hand sanitizer is flammable and should be stored away from heat and flames. When using hand sanitizer, rub your hands until they feel completely dry before performing activities that may involve heat, sparks, static electricity, or open flames."
- FDA Quote
"There is some concern about alcohol-based hand sanitizers causing fire. There have been cases where individuals have become burned by applying alcohol-based hand sanitizers (ABHS), briskly rubbing their hands together and either touching electronic equipment or creating static electricity, resulting in combustion."
- WASHINGTON STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION QUOTE
WOODBURN HIGH FIRE STARTED BY HAND SANITIZER, ALSO LINKED TO ALCOHOL POISONING
More than 1,500 students and faculty were evacuated from Woodburn High School last Friday when police say three students playing with a lighter
and alcohol-based hand sanitizer started the blaze in a classroom. – The Oregonian
“A fire occurred when a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit placed ECRI an alcohol-based sanitizer in her hands and then, while rubbing in the sanitizer, walked toward an oxygen/air proportioner to change a setting on the device. Her hand was still wet with the sanitizer when she reached for the device’s
– (ECRI, 2006). Health Devices Alerts Action Item Accession Number: A7964
Fire Risk from Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Worsens in Oxygen-Enriched
THE SAFE, NON-FLAMMABLE, PRACTICAL HAND SANITIZER CHOICE.
Unlike most hand sanitizers that use alcohol, DAB uses germicide, Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK), an organic salt classified as a quaternary ammonium compound. Along with alcohol, BZK is one of three germicides allowed by the FDA for “hand rub” use. DAB kills 99.99% of hand transmitted bacteria and continues killing 99.98% of tested bacteria continuously for 4 hours. We continue to test our product and have recently appeared twice in a national peer-reviewed medical journal. These reports and the test results against a surrogate coronavirus can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEY BENEFITS OF DAB
- FDA allowed active ingredient
- Independently tested + clinically proven
- Scientist created for ultimate protection
- Ethyl & Isopropyl Alcohol-Free
- Safe for floor + wall surfaces
- Non-Irritating and Non-Drying
- Formulated without: Parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or fragrances