Don't leave these items in your car on a hot day

Do NOT Leave These 3 Items In Your Car On A Hot Day

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – We all know that you shouldn't leave your kids or pets in a car unattended, but there are other items you might leave behind that can end up costing you in the long run. Sweltering afternoons, like we've been seeing for the past few days, cause your car to heat up like an oven and this doesn't bode well for a lot of items you may have in your vehicle.

Your medicines

Prescription Pill Bottles
Either over the counter meds, like aspirin or your prescription medicine, cannot be stored in extreme heat.

Here's the reason: these drugs are formulated at room temperature, so when left in the heat, the chemicals break down and they don't work as well, or at all. As one pharmacist told me, "After prolonged exposure to heat, you're essentially taking a sugar pill. It's not going to do anything for you."

Now here's one that can be toxic for your health.

Plastic water bottles

Composition with empty polycarbonate plastic bottles of mineral water
While convenient for quenching your thirst on the go, avoid drinking from plastic water bottles after they've been in the sun. In high heat, the bottle can release small amounts of BPA, which some experts say may trigger health risks if exposed at high levels. The best way to avoid this is to buy a BPA-free reusable bottle or a glass container.

Don't want to waste the water in that hot bottle? Use it to water your plants, an alternative that is both safe and green.

Those electronic devices

satellite navigation system

While the heat won't cause a mess with these, it will cause a mess for your pocketbook. Repeated exposure to intense heat significantly cuts the lifespans of devices like cell phones and GPS units. Over the long term, this means you'll have to replace them a lot more often than if you take it out of the car.


sun block lotion spilled

We're going to wrap this up with a little irony. Sunscreen should never be left in extreme heat. Like medicines, sunscreen is manufactured and formulated to be stored at room temperatures. In high heat, the ultraviolet absorbing chemicals like oxybenzone weaken, meaning that SPF 15 is actually much lower, or actually no protection at all.

The easiest thing to do? Just take it with you. Taking a few extra steps as you park will save you both time and money in the long run.

For creative ways to stay cool in the summer hear, check out the slideshow below of perfect summer popsicles:

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Don't leave these items in your car on a hot day

Granola, Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles 

Photo Credit: The Idea Room

Blackberry, Honey and Yogurt Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Lottie + Doof

Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Good Life Eats

Hawaiian Cream Popsicles

Photo Credit: Cherished Bliss

Blood Orange and Coconut Creamsicles 

Photo Credit: Pink Patisserie

Pomegranate and Limeade Popsicles

Photo Credit: Cooking Stoned

Coconut Milk Fudgesicles

Photo Credit: The Creekside Cook

Oreo Cookies and Cream Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Wonky Wonderful

Berry, Lime, & Coconut Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Desserts from Breakfast

Orange Creamsicles

Photo Credit: Oven Love Blog

Dulce De Leche Lemon Popsicles

Photo Credit: Muy Delish

Lemon Drop Cheesecake Popsicles

Photo Credit: Tatertots and Jello

Peach Banana Smoothie Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Off-Beat and Inspired

Strawberry Orange Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Design Love Fest

Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles 

Photo Credit: The Slow Roasted Italian

Mango Coconut Popsicles

Photo Credit: Eat Good 4 Life

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Photo Credit: Pass the Sushi

Chocolate Avocado Popsicles 

Photo Credit: The Little Epicurean

Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Yummy Healthy Easy

 Mint Chocolate Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Tutti Dolci

Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles 

Photo Credit: The View from Great Island

Peanut Butter Swirl Yogurt Popsicles 

Photo Credit: I Love Peanut Butter

Brownie and Milk Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Lady and Pups

Lime Creamsicles

Photo Credit: Girl Versus Dough

Black Forest Popsicles 

Photo Credit: The Artful Desperado

Nutella Yogurt Parfait Breakfast Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Baking a Moment

Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Photo Credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Raspberry Coconut Cream Popsicles

Photo Credit: All Day I Dream About Food

Chocolate Covered Coconut Popsicles 

Photo Credit: An Edible Mosaic

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pops 

Photo Credit: Hungry Girl Por Vida

Apple Pie Popsicles 

Photo Credit: Bring Joy

Tiramisu Pops 

Photo Credit: A Spicy Perspective

Rocky Road Pudding Pops 

Photo Credit: Mom on Timeout

Fresh Fruit Popsicles 

Photo Credit: The Idea Room


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