A mother in Fife has urged people to be careful with aerosol-filled can in cars during hot weather after rising temperatures caused a can to explode.
Clare Hogg told Edinburgh Live that she hadn’t realised just how hazardous a simple aerosol can could be during the recent hot weather until it was too late. She told of her shock at discovering her car windscreen smashed when a can of Xtreme Tyre puncture repair exploded.
The explosion caused a “tornado of damage”, as the incident cracked her windscreen and sprayed hazardous liquid latex across the interior of the car.
Clare is now urging people to think twice and avoid leaving aerosol cans in cars. “Anyone that carries any aerosols in your car, including ones that are meant to be designed to be carried in a car such as this can of tyre inflater, which was put in the car by the manufacture when we first got it brand new,” she said.
“This can has exploded inside the car causing a tornado of damage because of the hot weather we have been having and the car sitting ‘not often’ used.”
Clare is very thankful that she hadn’t been driving with her two children when the can exploded, which could have resulted in a potentially serious accident.
“I thank whoever must be looking out for us as I had intended to use this car today with the intentions of taking Emily out with me and God forbid what may have happened to us had I been driving at the time.
“Please check every little ‘cubby hole’ in your vehicle and make sure you aren’t storing any hazardous materials that may cause a serious accident or damage, I’m just grateful this happened to us whilst the car was stationary with no one inside or near.
“I would hate to think of this happening to someone else and they might not be as lucky”, she added.
Common products in pressurised canisters include spray deodorant, hair spray, and cleaning products. During warmer weather in summer, they can become highly dangerous as high temperatures can cause them to explode.
Aerosol products can also ignite easily even at low temperatures, making them a fire risk. It’s suggested they are protected from sunlight and not exposed to temperatures exceeding 50°C.
Having a windscreen repair or replacement will factor in most of our motoring lives at some point. It’s rarely an exploding aerosol can at fault, as road debris flung up by vehicles in front or falling from bridges above can result in windscreen damage.
Whether it’s a minuscule chip or a more substantial crack, the question for most of us is does our screen need repairing or replacing?
How you react to a damaged windscreen depends on the type of damage the screen has sustained. Some can be repaired but in other cases, the screen must most definitely be replaced.
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