Firefighters Want to Warn People About the Danger of Leaving Water Bottles in Cars

Firefighters Want to Warn People About the Danger of Leaving Water Bottles in Cars

You’ve turned off the oven, unplugged the toaster and the space heater, blown out the candles, and you never smoke in bed. The alarms are charged, and you’ve got your exit route planned and labeled. Seems like you’ve done all you can in terms of fire safety. OR HAVE YOU?

It turns out there are still more ways to start a fire that you’ve probably never even considered, and this new way involves one of fire’s only natural enemies: water.

This video of a hunky battery technician from the Idaho Power Company named Dioni Amuchastegui is gaining traction again as summer temperatures threaten vehicles. Amuchastegui was walking by a truck on his break when he noticed a little smoke inside a parked van, WYFF 4 reports. And you know what they say—where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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Amuchastegui did a helpful dramatic reenactment in a Facebook video for the power company, in an effort to warn people that the water bottles they leave in their cars on hot days pose a potential danger to their belongings.

The water bottle acts sort of like a magnifying glass, refracting and focusing the light. If you’re a little psycho who burned up ants in the driveway as a kid, you know exactly how powerful a focused beam of sunlight can be. If you weren’t, you had that classmate, and avoided them.

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What’s especially scary about it is that the bottle was just casually tossed on the seat. You don’t have to be a mad genius engineer to start a fire in a car, MacGyver-style. Amuchastegui showed how the bottle looked when he saw it smoking out the van:

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And the very real burn marks that were starting on the seat:

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You can see his entire process in the short video:

What’s funny about this potentially devastating occurrence is that it’s been a rumor for a long time that water bottles could start car fires, but the rumor had been dismissed as an urban legend.

The Midwest City Fire Department tried to prove it to everyone with a test, igniting a fire using a water bottle that went up to 250 degrees, KFOR reported at the time.

“The sunlight will come through, when it’s filled with liquid, and act as a magnifying glass as you would with regular optics,” said Firefighter David Richardson.

“It uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam and sure enough, it can actually cause a fire, a combustion.”

But there was also a post from Hoaxslayer in 2008, in which they experimented with a variety of bottle shapes and sizes to see what the likelihood of water starting a fire really was. In their determination, they tried a number of different bottles and discovered it was indeed possible with any clear bottle in the right lighting conditions.

So, what to do? Well, you could throw your bottle under the seat, cover it up so the light won’t hit it, or carry it with you. Or buy a dark reusable container if you don’t trust yourself to do any of those things.

Though I like this survivalist angle:

Instead of seeing this new potential for starting a fire as a negative, see it as a positive! You may someday want to start a fire with a water bottle.

But most people are seeing the negative, because we all prefer to live in terror:

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Except this guy. He gets it:

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When life gives you car fires, make lemonade and offer it to the cute guy who puts it out. Just don’t put it in a clear plastic bottle.

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This Pants Style Is Leaving People With Weirdly Burned Legs

Suns out, knees out, as the old saying goes. Spring is finally here, and people are celebrating by learning what the power of the burning ball of gas up there can do—cook you slowly. People with pale skin and a desperate need to wear ripped jeans are being punished by the Sun God with unsightly burn patterns:

It happens literally every year, since ripped jeans were invented.

It’s like people forget that the sun is enjoying the fine weather, too, and it wants to burn brightly:

It’s honestly kind of crazy that ripped jeans have been plaguing us as a style for so long, because they make no sense as either pants or fashion:

It won’t stop until every person who wears them learns this painful lesson individually:

You can wear them indoors, I guess, but anything that involves showing your knees to the sky is bad:

The sky doesn’t want to see your knees, and it will punish you.

You can start to work up a tan in those problem areas.

Or stop wearing them entirely!

Or just remember to slather up with sunscreen in any leg-baring scenario:

It’s been a long winter. 

And it’s not just your legs you have to look out for. Protect your face:

Your torso:

Your arms:

Your back:

Even the back of your head:

Fashion is not worth it!

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Uber's CEO Is Leaving Trump's Advisory Council After Facing Backlash From Customers

The #DeleteUber campaign that surfaced over the weekend after the company was accused of trying to capitalize on New York City’s taxi union strike At JFK Airport while nationwide protests against Trump’s executive order that banned all travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries has shaken the company to its core.

People saw the tweet as Uber trying to turn a profit while concerned citizens and workers stood out in the cold in solidarity with those who were told they weren’t welcome into the country they were cleared to travel to once they landed.

In an attempt to clarify their stance, Uber later released this statement:

“We’re sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet—it was not meant to break up any strike. We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night.”

It was too little, too late for the people of New York City. Both drivers and passengers began canceling their accounts with Uber and deleting the app, sparking the hashtag #DeleteUber that continued to trend the days following the protest as the company scrambled to do damage control.

The fact that CEO Travis Kalanick was on Trump’s economic advisory committee didn’t help their image. 

Uber publicly stated that they were against Trump’s immigration ban, but because the statement came after the backlash had already begun, people doubted the company’s sincerity on the matter.

On Thursday, Kalanick spoke with Trump and told him that he was leaving his advisory board. The following is a letter he sent to employees regarding the matter:

Dear Team,

Earlier today I spoke briefly with the President about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community. I also let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this and mapping it to our values. There are a couple that are particularly relevant:

Inside Out – The implicit assumption that Uber (or I) was somehow endorsing the Administration’s agenda has created a perception-reality gap between who people think we are, and who we actually are.

Just Change – We must believe that the actions we take ultimately move the ball forward. There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that. The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America. Families are being separated, people are stranded overseas and there’s a growing fear the U.S. is no longer a place that welcomes immigrants.

Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s. I am incredibly proud to work directly with people like Thuan and Emil, both of whom were refugees who came here to build a better life for themselves. I know it has been a tough week for many of you and your families, as well as many thousands of drivers whose stories are heartfelt and heart-wrenching.

Please know, your questions and stories on Tuesday, along with what I heard from drivers, have kept me resilient and reminded me of one of our most essential cultural values, Be Yourself. We will fight for the rights of immigrants in our communities so that each of us can be who we are with optimism and hope for the future.

Kalanick’s relationship with Trump has strained the company’s relationship with employees, contractors, and customers.

Do you think the people one and the #DeleteUber campaign was successful or that it was a mistake to pressure the head of one of the largest tech companies in the world to leave a panel that would ultimately be responsible for guiding Trump to make certain decisions that would impact the economy while he’s president? Let us know in the comments.

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