Firefighters Are Warning People Not To Leave Water Bottles In Their Cars

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Most people (myself included) probably have one or two bottles of water lying around in their car. It is important to drink a lot of water throughout the day, and if you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, it is natural to keep water in the car. However, you should think twice before leaving a bottle of water in your car after hearing this story.

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A video posted by the Facebook group Idaho Power revealed that leaving a clear water bottle in your car could potentially start a fire. In the video, a man named Dioni Amuchastegui explained that he was sitting in his truck during a lunch break and noticed a bit of smoke out of the corner of his eye. To his shock, he noticed that the light being refracted through a clear water bottle sitting in his car had begun to catch the seat on fire.

Thankfully, Dioni noticed before the seat actually burst into flames, and the damage was limited to two small burn marks on the seat. The video goes on to explain that a clear, plastic water bottle filled with water can act as a lens that concentrates the sun’s energy onto one point. Over time, that point will become hotter and hotter until a burn begins to form on the fabric.

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