Forget a plastic water bottle in his car is common ... but not necessarily innocuous. Combined with heat and light, this container can cause fires.
Plastic bottles are practical. But not necessarily good for health. And for good reason: they contain toxic substances and bacteria grow by the thousands when they are reused.
But the harmful effects of plastic bottles do not stop there: exposed to heat and light, they could even become dangerous and cause fires! Conditions often met in the summer, when plastic water bottles are dropped in cars on the road for holidays.
An American, Dioni Amuchastegui, shared a scary story in a video posted on Facebook. While he was having lunch, he noticed smoke coming from the center console of his car. The origin of this fire? A plastic water bottle, which refracted the light.
Safety Check: Water Bottle in a Hot Car
Did you know that we have a hot day? Neither did Battery Technician Dioni Amuchastegui.Posted by Idaho Power on Thursday, July 13, 2017
And he's not the only one to mention this risk: firefighters in Midwest City, Oklahoma, USA, also showed in a video how a water bottle could cause a fire.
In this demonstration, firefighter David Richardson places a plastic water bottle filled over a leaf and exposed to direct sunlight. In a few seconds, a hole forms in the leaf, which burns.
Can a bottle of water start a fire?
Can a bottle of water start a fire? It did in fact work! (See the attached video) .PLEASE keep in mind that many factors must be in place for this to occur. The likelihood of this happening in a vehicle and sustaining a fire is probably very small. We do not endorse or condone this activity. This is conducted in a controlled environment for demonstration purposes only!Posted by Midwest City Fire Department on Thursday, August 17, 2017
Do not panic ! Richardson points out that for a fire to occur, many factors must be brought together. "It was a clear bottle with a clear liquid inside, if it had been empty or partially filled, it probably would not have worked"he concludes.
The parade ? Opt for a stainless steel bottle, to hydrate safely during the long journeys of summer.