The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to several new concepts such as social distancing, face mask wearing and the regular use of alcohol-based sanitizers. All these measures have been introduced to protect us from the viruses that cause COVID-19 and are now probably second nature to us, but some bring other safety issues that need to be considered, particularly the use of alcohol-based sanitizers.

While an important weapon in fighting viruses, it should be remembered that these flammable liquids increase fire risk and can dramatically change the dynamics of any fire in a building where these are stored.

At Ecclesiastical, we have developed a Risk Control bulletin, to guide organizations on the safe use and storage of hand sanitizers.

“With lots of new procedures in place, we feel it is important to offer assistance in relation to sanitizers, and help organizations reduce the risk of fire,” said Colin Robertson, Chief Underwriting Officer and Vice President, Risk Control. “For more information, and for other Risk Control bulletins, visit