The Dangers of Keeping Water Bottles in Cars
One of the best things you can do for your body and your brain is to stay hydrated throughout the day. It is, however, common knowledge that most of us do not drink enough water. Apps on our phones repeatedly remind us to have a sip, and well-meaning individuals online and offline keep advising us to carry a water bottle with us, so we always have h2O on hand. Although grabbing a water bottle on our way out the door is 100 % a smart move, no one warns us about the dangers of leaving our ever-present water bottles in cars.
No one except firefighters. Did you know that, according to studies at Stanford University, the inside of a car can heat up to 130 °F (55 °C) on a 95 °F (35 °C) day?
That is why you must never leave children, pets, and plastic water bottles in your car on warm days. Hopefully, everyone knows about the first two. However, the third one might raise some questions.
Why You Must Not Leave Plastic Water Bottles in the Car
A while ago, US firefighters decided to carry out a practical experiment: they left a clear plastic water bottle in a car, exposed to sunlight. The bottle served as a magnifying glass and set the seat on fire.
That’s what happened to Dioni Amuchastegui, a technician with Idaho Power, as well. The man was having lunch in his truck and suddenly glimpsed smoke coming from the backseat. When he looked over, he realized that light was being refracted through a water bottle and was starting to catch the seat on fire. It had already burned a small hole in it. Thankfully, the technician got off with nothing more than a fright.
Understandably, you don’t want to bring your water bottle into the store, or wherever you’re going, because it’s just going to be in the way! However, the consequences outweigh the discomfort. Lastly, if you absolutely must leave your water bottle in the car, firefighters suggest putting it in the trunk instead.
Share this important information on the danger of leaving water bottles in cars with your family and friends, and stay safe!