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Here's Why You Should Never, Ever Leave A Plastic Water Bottle In Your Car - Food News

Here's Why You Should Never, Ever Leave A Plastic Water Bottle In Your Car - Food News
From The Kitchn - August 17, 2017

If you are guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it's time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose.

Specifically, Oklahoma's Midwest City Fire Department conducted a test to find that water bottles magnify sunlight. This can make it reach a temperature as high as 250 degrees. The risk is that such high temperatures can potentially start a fire in your vehicle's interiors in places like fabric seats or mats. Yikes.

"The sunlight will come through, when it's filled with liquid, and act as a magnifying glass as you would with regular optics," MCFD's David Richardson told news channel KFOR. "It uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam and sure enough, it can actually cause a fire, a combustion."

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