Extreme heat dangers

Published: Jul. 18, 2019 at 6:55 PM MDT
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With the temperatures rising, the heat can be dangerous, both outside and in your vehicle.

Water bottles left in hot cars could actually spark a fire. It has to do with the curved part of the water bottle. It can take the sunlight and concentrate it like a magnifying glass. A clear water bottle that is full or empty could be dangerous if the light hits it at the right angle. To be safe, officials advise to not leave your water bottle in the car when it's parked out in the sun.

“Everything has to line up just right, and you have to have stuff in your car that readily catches on fire that is at that point of origin,” says GJ Fire Community Outreach Specialist, Ellis Thompson-Ellis.

The heat can also make playgrounds pretty hot. According to the CPSC, records show kids getting second and third-degree burns on playgrounds. Fire officials advise parents to feel the surface of a play structure before letting your kids use it.

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