Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Leave Plastic Water Bottles In Your Car

When it comes to plastics, we all know we should be recycling— but it turns out that discarded water bottles can be an even bigger danger than we thought.

While we’re all guilty of leaving a discarded drink in a car at one point or another, leaving a water bottle out can be particularly dangerous— especially in the right weather conditions.

One Idaho Power employee learned this lesson the hard way, describing the experience in a video that was uploaded to the Idaho Power Facebook page on July 13th, 2017.

Dioni Amuchastegui, a battery technician at Idaho Power, had taken an early lunch and was enjoying a meal in his work truck when all of a sudden he noticed a curl of smoke out of the corner of his eye.

The weather was hot that day, and it turns out that Dioni had left an unemptied bottle of water on the seat beside him.

Like a magnifying glass, the water in the plastic bottle refracted the light from the sun, creating enough heat to set the truck’s passenger seat ablaze.

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