The Corona Virus pandemic has led to civil society and law enforcement agencies taking a series of preventative measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Some of these preventative measures do more harm than good. One such measure is spraying sanitizer on cars and motorcycles, in peak summer. A man on a Bajaj commuter motorcycle found this out the hard way when security guards at the entrance of what looks like a housing society somewhere in India sprayed sanitizer on his motorcycle. The heat of peak summer and the motorcycle’s engine and exhaust led to the sanitizer going up in flames and engulfing the motorcycle. Even the rider seems to have suffered burns in this incident. Here, watch the video for yourself.
Take care while using sanitizer, and make sure you sanitize where its required !!
Vadodara – Baroda ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಮೇ 31, 2020
As the video clearly indicates, the security guards have been following the same process for all two wheelers. Moments before the Bajaj commuter motorcycle catches fire, an automatic scooter (probably a Honda Activa) was also sprayed with sanitizer. Since the Honda Activa’s engine is covered, the scooter didn’t catch fire. In contrast, the commuter motorcycle’s engine and exhaust are fully exposed.
The big takeaway here is that any alcohol based sanitizer should NOT be used on hot surfaces. The security guards spraying sanitizer on vehicles seem to be unaware of this basic rule. While this incident ended up with just the motorcycle catching fire, it could have easily escalated and led to loss of life or serious injuries. The pool of sanitizer left on the road is also a major fire hazard.
Also, the video clearly indicates that the fire extinguisher that the security guards managed to locate was not operational, and this is another serious red flag. Not having functional fire fighting equipment is another major hazard. The housing society or office complex where this incident happened must be held responsible for 1. Making security guards spray flammable sanitizer on hot surfaces 2. Not having operational fire fighting equipment.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not safe to be kept inside cars as well. Leaving a bottle of sanitizer inside the car can lead to an explosion, and possibly a fire. We have highlighted this in a previous story, where a little girl was left with burns on her face after a bottle of sanitizer left in a hot car exploded. You can read that story here. To sum it up, avoid alcohol based sanitizers for surfaces other than human hands.