Can leaving a water bottle in a hot car start a fire?
A bottle of water refracting light onto a seat in a car. This can happen if a bottle is left in a cup holder or just lying on a seat.
Can leaving a water bottle in a hot car start a fire?
If you are anything like me everything gets left in my car all the time, from bags, to shoes, even clothes; it’s a normal thing. We practically live in our cars, right? Well, the one item you should think twice about leaving in the car, especially when it’s hot, are water bottles. Now you’re probably thinking, what’s the harm in leaving a water bottle in the car? Well, I’ll tell you.
Plastic water bottles or glass reusable water bottles in your car are actually a fire hazard! Yes! A friend of mine recently found this out the hard way. She had actually had a wreck (everyone was fine, no bodily injuries. There was just some car damage.) and while sitting in the driver seat waiting on a tow truck she started to smell a "funny" smell in the car. She starts to investigate the "funny" smell and it turns out the bottle of water she’d left in the back seat was refracting light and causing the seat to catch on fire! As if the damage to the outside of her car wasn’t enough, she now had burn marks in her back seat! Hey, it could have been a lot worse. The whole car could have gone up in flames if it had gone unnoticed!
Incidents like these are pretty rare but it’s something we should be aware of. Firefighters have even issued a warning to drivers about hazardous water bottles.
A test was conducted by The Oklahoma Midwest City Fire Department on the matter and found that sunlight magnified by a water bottle can reach 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Firefighter David Richardson explained that the sunlight “uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam and sure enough, it can actually cause a fire, a combustion”.
Plastic water bottles can be even more dangerous because they leak harmful chemicals when left in heat. In a study investigating the effects of storage temperatures on the release of chemicals like antimony and bisphenol A, it was found that more chemicals were released as temperatures increased. The experiment also showed that when the water bottles were stored at 158 °F for 4 weeks, the release of bisphenol A and antimony didn’t meet regulation standards for chronic daily intake.
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a chemical that has gotten some bad publicity over the years, and for good reason. It has been proven to alter hormone levels and is specifically linked with lower testosterone levels in men. BPA also contributes to cancer development and progression. Antimony, on the other hand, can cause stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach ulcers. It’s safe to say that ingesting large amounts of either of these chemicals isn’t good for anybody.
With this summer heatwave we have going on you’re probably going to be drinking a lot of water. Be cautious of the bottles you’re drinking from and where you leave them. Opt for the BPA free reusable bottles and take them with you – you’ll preserve your health, the environment, and your car that way!
Understanding Dehu Specs
When checking out the specs on a dehumidifier you’ll usually find listed under the section “Water Removal” two numbers. One is noted as AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) and one is “Capacity at Saturation”. But what do these numbers represent and how are they calculated?
AHAM certifies that the PPD (Pints per day) a manu-facturer claims their product will remove is accurate. All dehu’s are tested in a controlled environment where the temperature is 80° F with a relative humidity of 60%. The units are run for 24 hours and the measured amount of extracted water becomes the official AHAM rating.
But even though each dehu is tested the same, the problem is that real world conditions are many times quite different. There have also been questions about whether the ratings that are being applied to “Home” appliances should have any bearing on the type of commercial units that you employ. And that’s where the “saturation” number becomes important.
Saturation can best be described as any extreme condition where the amount of moisture that is in the air is so high that a dehu is forced to run continually over a 24 hour period (100% RH). Situations like this might arise with flooded basements or natural disasters like hurricanes. So the saturation PPD rating will be at the top end of your dehu’s capability.
There exist a sizable number of temperature/humidity combinations that occur naturally or are due to the use of heat drying that causes faster evaporation. These all affect a dehumidifiers performance. Having more than two test conditions listed in the unit’s specs could give you a better idea of its overall performance, but that’s not likely to happen. But having some understanding of its performance capacity will help to ensure you’ve got the right sized unit on the job.
7th Annual SERVPRO Golf Tournament and C.A.F.E. Fundraiser
Bill Taylor, Peggy Garner and Steve Garner.
On September 28th, 2017 we held our 7th Annual SERVPRO Golf Tournament and C.A.F.E. Fundraiser. This is an event that we look forward to every year.
The C.A.F.E., Community Assistance in Fire Emergencies, is an organization that is funded solely by donations from the community. The C.A.F.E. responds at the request of the Fire Department when someone is displaced by a house fire. They offer shelter until accommodations can be made for the family along with blankets, emergency clothing, etc.
This year, we are proud to say that through our Tournament and donations, we raised $5,000.00 for the C.A.F.E. Unit. Without the help of our community and sponsors we could not make this possible every year. Thank you so much for your continued support of this event.
We look forward to next year!
The Need for Air Filtration Device’s on Every Job
One of the more fascinating aspects about disaster restoration is that no two jobs are alike. That being said, you will most likely run across at least one of the following conditions 100% of the time:
- Some sort of contamination
- Where you need to dry carpet in place or by floating
- Where structural cavities need drying
- A customer who asks for air filtration
- Customers that are considered to be "at-risk" due to allergies, asthma, etc.
The common denominator of these conditions is that they're all associated with and/or can adversely affect indoor air quality. That’s the reason why you should have air scrubbers (or AFD’s – Air Filtration Devices) running on every job.
When cleaning up sewage, mold or a fire damage, you can’t help but produce considerable amounts of many airborne hazardous materials due to your cleaning efforts. For instance, smoke and fire residues can be poisonous as a fire will destroy plastics, foam, fabrics, carpets, woods, synthetics, and asbestos-containing materials. And any time you unsettle toxins that may be lurking in wall or ceiling enclosures, there’s a good chance that they’ll float into the occupied areas of the structure.
You even need to be concerned about air quality on clean water losses. Due to the need for high-speed air movers to facilitate efficient drying, a myriad of minute particles that are trapped in carpets and furniture are stirred up and can cause adverse health problems to those who are susceptible.
So what are the benefits of having air scrubbers of every job?
- They help to reduce the quantity of possibly harmful air particles, decreasing the chance that occupants or technicians will inhale them.
- You’ll have cleaner equipment with less maintenance.
- Clean equipment also reduces the chance of cross contaminating the next job.
That's why making air scrubbers available on every jobsite makes good business sense.
Common Crime Scene Contaminates
No matter how many CSI or forensic TV shows we’ve seen, leaving the crime scene clean-up to the professionals is the best route to take for both your health and safety. After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk.
One example of a crime scene contaminant is forensic residue. Forensic investigators use a variety of different materials and substances to conduct their investigations, such as fingerprint dust. SERVPRO of Statesboro is responsible for ensuring that these substances do not remain at the site. We also handle bodily fluids. The fluids pose a health risk if they are not handled properly, and witnesses should not attempt to remove them from the crime site. SERVPRO of Statesboro will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
To learn more information on Frozen Pipes and How to Prevent Them, Click on this link, http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes
Provided by the Red Cross.
The Red Cross and SERVPRO are always here to help!
Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather
- Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
- Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
- Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
- Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
- Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
- Get trained in first aidand learn how to respond to emergencies
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
- Water—one gallon per person, per day
- Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation & personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family & emergency contact information
- Extra cash
Paws N Claws at Georgia Southern
Paws N Claws at Georgia Southern Photo-Booth Fundraiser.
Diamond, MoJo, Tony (with Marketing Rep Miranda) and Irma.
Paws N Claws at Georgia Southern is an organization that was created by the Humane Society of Statesboro-Bulloch Co. in order to raise awareness regarding the overpopulation of dogs and cats here locally in Statesboro. Through volunteering and fundraising, students at Georgia Southern offer their time to try to save the many four legged friends who need our help throughout the community.
Paws N Claws and the Humane Society hold several fundraisers and events through out the year. The fundraiser our Marketing Rep. Miranda attended today was the Pet Photo-Booth.
The Pet Photo-booth Fundraiser gives you the opportunity to snap some pictures with the adoptable pups. How is it a fundraiser you ask? Well, it's $1.00 to pet the pups and $2.00 to snap a pic with a pup. A small price to pay to snuggle these cuties and help raise money to go towards their care and the organization.
The pups at the events are all up for adoption. These are just a few of the available animals. They have other dogs at the shelter needing homes, as well as cats.
The next big fundraiser the Humane Society has coming up is, Raise the Woof! It's a stand up comedy show on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm.
If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, check your local shelter or Humane Society first. Remember, a four legged friend is a life long commitment who deserves your love and attention for their life time, not just when it's convenient for you.
Save a life! Adopt don't shop!
Build An Emergency Kit- You'll Thank Yourself Later!
1. Water – 1 gallon per person per day – Sealed water bottles are best for storage. You can also freeze them ahead of time to keep food cold longer.
2.Non-Perishable Food – At least a 3 day supply per person of food that does not require cooking or refrigeration. (Canned meat, vegetables, juices & fruits, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, etc.)
3. Manual can opener.
4. Plastic garbage bags.
5. Flashlight, batteries, back up phone charger.
6. First aid kit – various sizes of adhesive bandages, cold packs (non refrigerated type), scissors, tweezers.
7. Hygiene items – toilet paper, towelettes, soap, baby wipes, liquid hand sanitizer.
8. Matches – stored in a waterproof container.
9. Cash – have enough cash to sustain you through a 2 week period. Without electricity, most businesses (if open) will not accept credit cards and may not accept traveler’s checks.
10. Emergency phone numbers.
11. Entertainment – games, books, etc. to help pass the time if power goes out.
Should I Encapsulate My Crawl Space?
Crawl space encapsulation is a generic term used to describe a crawl space that is protected from moisture by using a vapor barrier on the floor and walls. This term was and is widely marketed by different basement waterproofing franchises in the early part of the century. Crawl space encapsulation has become directly associated with a white vapor barrier installed in the crawl space to cover the floor and walls.
Improvement over a “closed” crawl space
An encapsulated crawl space uses all of the features applied to a closed crawl space with a few exceptions. To be an encapsulated crawl space the vapor barrier is continued up the foundation wall and sealed (taped) to the floor vapor barrier. All supports, as well as plumbing that comes through the dirt and walls are also sealed. A polyurethane caulk or two sided foundation tape is applied between the foundation wall and the crawl space vapor barrier to seal the moisture under the barrier. In most cases the vapor barrier that is used is made of high quality polyethylene with a polyester mesh reinforcement. Although some companies offer a clear visqueen plastic purchased from a local hardware as a solution to keep their costs down.
The purpose of crawl space encapsulation is to create an environment that can be controlled. The reason the open crawl space is so bad is because the environment is allowed to change daily, sometimes hourly. Much like building a swimming pool and refusing to full it with water because of the extra expense and time, the steps to encapsulating a crawl space should end with an environment that you are controlling and therefore you have conditioned the air. Once you have transformed the space, by way of crawl space encapsulation, into an area that is part of the house it will be cleaner and healthier for your home and family.
Think of it as a….
Maybe you have heard or read somewhere on this site that a crawl space is like a basement in many ways. Well, it is. In the function of the homes air quality and moisture penetration. Crawl space encapsulation is essentially the same answer to a crawl space as the concrete floor in a basement. Under that concrete floor is a vapor barrier to control moisture. The concrete on the floor is for walking or use durability only. When a quality vapor barrier is used to encapsulate a crawl space it will hold up to crawl traffic and not tear like thin plastic will.
It’s Just Plastic
Not all crawl space vapor barriers are created equal, but the truth is all will help in some way. A quality vapor barrier will last for 25 years or more, while a 6 or 10 mil clear plastic from the hardware store might last 3 to 5 years. The real investment is in the time and effort it takes to do it right, so for a little bit more money up front your efforts will have a lasting result. If odor is a concern make sure the vapor barrier that is installed is made of polyethylene and not PVC. PVC liners will off gas and smell like a pool liner. If a PVC liner off gasses in the crawl space you will smell it in your home.