(Victor Valley) – We all know how important it is to be mindful of the dangers of heat and your car, especially when it comes to children, the elderly and pets. We know NOT to leave them alone in a car, even with the windows down, because it is dangerous to their well being and could ultimately lead to their death.
When it is scorching hot outside, your car interior can become an oven, literally baking everything inside. With an outside temperature of just 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the interior temperature of your car can quickly reach close to 140 degrees in only 90 minutes.
The Weather Channel recently made a list of items you may not want to leave in your car during a hot summer day:
- Expensive electronics should never be stored in the car, but items like MP3 players, GPS, and cameras often get left behind for convenience sake. Not only can the heat ruin electronics, costing extra money to replace or repair them, but in other cases it can be dangerous.
- A variety of plastics will melt in the car from the summer heat. You should never drink from a plastic water bottle that has been left in the car, as the chemicals used to make the bottles could leach into your drink and introduce toxins to your system.
- Heat can warp both the shape of frames and the lenses on your glasses. Sunglasses are often kept in easy reach within the car, but unless they come from the bargain bin, it is not worth the risk.
- CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays can warp and melt if left in the car, and should always be taken inside for storage.
- Lipstick and Canyons – can melt into the upholstery and make a huge mess.
- Canned Soda – While heat is a contributing factor, it is actually the buildup of pressure that makes soda cans explode. Since soda cans are made out of aluminum, and metal conducts heat, an increase in temperature on the outside of the can will result in the increased temperature of the liquid inside. As the can heats up, the liquid molecules expand, increasing the pressure inside the can. Finally, the turbulence caused by a moving car is similar to shaking up the soda. All of these factors put together turn your favorite beverage into a 12 oz. soda bomb!
- Disposable lighters could also explode in the heat and of course chocolate can melt, but who really has chocolate that long?
Visit the Weather Channel website for more information.