Lexington EMA: What not to leave in your car on a hot day

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Posted at 7:33 PM, Jul 19, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — During these rising temperatures, it is important to know what could be damaged if left in your car.

John Bobel with Lexington Emergency Management has a list of things you should not leave in your car on a hot day.

"Any type of food. Certainly don't leave cans or bottles of soda because the heat will cause a carbonated beverage to expand the container and possible explode," said Bobel.

Bobel also said do not leave sunscreen in the car because high heat can change the SPF factor, making it not as effective. He also said that leaving sunglasses in a hot car can cause them to warp.

Bottled water is an essential summer item, but you need to remember to bring it inside too.

"There have been reports of plastic water bottles acting as magnifying glasses or lenses and if the sun hits the water in the bottle with the plastic just right, it can focus the sunlight onto the car seat or paper and actually cause a fire," siad Bobel.

Heat could also break down the plastic and release chemicals into the water, Bobel told LEX 18. He suggests investing in a cooler.

For a complete list of items you shouldn't leave in your car on a hot day, click here.