Don鈥檛 leave lighters in your car

Time: 2014-06-16    Writer: TAJ

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, making it unsafe for living things.

Most people know not to leave children or pets in a hot car, but they often forget about the everyday items that are stored in their vehicle. When left in the sizzling summer sun, some of these items become dangerous, while others leave behind a big mess or an awful lingering smell.


Disposable lighters are one of those dangerous items to leave in the car during hot weather. Sharon Gates Flora told us her "husband left a lighter on the front seat of his car. It got so hot that it exploded and hit the windshield, leaving a deep long crack." The damage was so bad they had to replace the windshield.


Arik Esqulin said that when he left his lighter in the car, not only did it explode, but "there were little pieces of plastic everywhere and a small burn hole on the seat."

Warning labels on these little firestarters instruct users to never expose them to heat above 120 degrees or prolonged sunlight. As we read earlier, the temperature inside cars during the summer can easily get up to 140 degrees, making the car an unstable environment to store lighters.


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