To help get hand sanitizer to those who need it, some companies who have never made hand sanitizer are now manufacturing it. These hand sanitizers are liquid (not gel) and have been temporarily approved for use during COVID-19. These sanitizers are sometimes packaged in bottles or cans that look like beverage containers.
If you purchase sanitizer in a package that could be mistaken for a beverage container, pour the hand sanitizer into a different container (such as a spray bottle) that has been emptied, cleaned, and dried. Alternatively, replace the cap of the existing bottle with a pump to make the product look different from drink containers. Label the bottle and store out of the reach of children, pets and people with dementia.
If you think someone has swallowed any amount of hand sanitizer, call your local poison control centre. For the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre, call 1-800-567-8911.