Leaving water bottles in hot car can start fire

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — You know those water bottles you leave in your car? Well they could actually be a safety hazard in the heat.

First responders stressed that although it is rare, leaving a plastic bottle of water in a hot car in direct sunlight can start a fire. In order for that to happen, firefighters said the bottle would have to be full.

City of Beckley Fire Marshall, Ernest Parsons, said the water and plastic could then create a magnifying effect, which could essentially set upholstery or plastic inside of the vehicle on fire.

“The temperature inside the car can rise dramatically and that sunshine through the window, it acts like a Green House,” Parsons added.

They also recommend not leaving any aerosol cans in a hot car, as the heat could cause them to combust.

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