Warning: Leaving a Water Bottle in Your Car Can Set it on Fire

I don’t know about you but, leaving half full water bottles in our car is common. I am frugal and feel like it’s safe to finish the next day.  After coming across this info, I’m going to refridgerate the left over bottles.

  • Who knew? As most of the country deals with a heat wave, firefighters are reminding people to stay hydrated. But when you do, don’t leave half-full water bottles in the car; they could start fires.
  • “If you do leave a bottle of water in your vehicle and the sun catches it just right, it could act like a magnifying glass,” says Charlottesville firefighter Frank Scopelliti. “[It could] heat a specific spot and start a smoldering fire that could eventually become a real fire.”
  • Acknowledging that the idea might sound a little far-fetched, the Midwest City Fire Department in Oklahoma conducted an experiment, holding a water bottle in front of a piece of paper on a sunny day. Sure enough, the concentrated sunlight quickly burned a hole right through the paper.
  • Have you ever accidentally caught something on fire?

Enjoy the heatwave. Let’s stay safe and fire free! – Maryann Morgan – Joel & Maryann in the Morning