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What are some MSDS facts about Lysol disinfectants?

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According to the MSDS, Lysol disinfectants are flammable and can irritate eyes, skin, the stomach, and the respiratory tract. In addition, they should be used in well-ventilated areas and kept out of direct sunlight. In general, MSDS for Lysol disinfectants report their ingredients, fire hazards and health concerns.

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Lysol produces a variety of disinfectants with different ingredients. The MSDS for Lysol Brand Disinfectant Concentrate reports that the product contains ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, potassium hydroxide and clorofene.

The disinfectant has a flammability rating of category 4, which is the least dangerous category of flammable liquids. Category 4 liquids ignite at temperatures of 140ºF or higher. Because disinfectant sprays are under pressure, Lysol disinfectants may also explode when heated. Chemical fires caused by Lysol should be extinguished with carbon dioxide, foam, water spray or dry chemical extinguishers, not with a jet of water.

The MSDS also gives the effects of accidental contact with Lysol disinfectant and lists first aid procedures. Lysol disinfectants can burn the eyes, skin, throat and stomach. In case of eye or skin contact, the affected area should be flushed with water for at least 10 minutes. If accidental inhalation occurs, move to an area with fresh air. In case of ingestion, drink small quantities of water and rinse out the mouth with water without inducing vomiting.

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