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In light of the recent viral post showing photos of a car with damaged ceiling and car seat, allegedly caused by explosion involving alcohol, the Food and Drug Administration hereby issues this Advisory to reiterate the safe use, handling and storage for alcohol-based hand sanitizers/rubs.

According to the World Health Organization, all alcohol-based products are potentially flammable and therefore they should be stored away from high temperatures and flames. Alcohol is highly flammable in the presence of heat, sparks, or an open flame. While isopropyl alcohol products for home use are generally less concentrated and less than industry-standard versions, precautions still need to be taken when handling, using and storing this product. The location of dispensers, the storage of stock, the disposal of used containers/dispensers and expired stock should be given consideration in terms of risks of fire. Alcohol should be stored in a tightly closed container in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Due to the chemical’s extreme flammability, it must be kept away from all possible ignition sources, including heat, sparks and flames.


Disposal Issues

Location of Dispensers

For complete information on the label of rubbing alcohols, refer to the image below and the Appendix II – Cosmetic Labeling Requirements of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.

The general consuming public is enjoined to be vigilant of any untoward incidents related on the use of these products. Dissemination of this Advisory to all concerned is hereby requested.

Attachment:->  FDA-Advisory-No.2020-1804