Warning about the heat

Filet Mignon
2012/07/05 17:32:25
As we are all painfully aware, it is ridiculously hot in the majority of the US right now. I learned a valuable lesson today that had never occurred to me, since it never gets this hot here, and certainly not for this many consecutive days.

In our garage, we have a shelf where we keep Fix-a-Flat, oil, windshield washer fluid, de-icer, etc. Yesterday one of the cans of Fix-a-Flat apparently blew up. Remember stomping on ketchup packets in high school? Same thing, but with way more stuff. The bottom of the can is roughly 15 feet from the main part, and the tube is about six feet the other direction. The splatter zone covers the entire front of the car below the windshield, as well as roughly a 4x8-foot spot on the garage floor.

If you normally store things like that in your garage, now might be a darn fine time to move them to a cooler location. The mess is bad enough to have to clean up, but there is a very real fire danger there as well.
Re:Warning about the heat 2012/07/06 10:14:16
Yikes!  I have a number of aerosol cans on the garage shelves and will check them this afternoon.
Filet Mignon
Re:Warning about the heat 2012/07/06 11:00:43
We have a/c in our garage but it's still 82 in there because it faces west and south. I also have propane for the grill out there. Now you got me nervous! 
Re:Warning about the heat 2012/07/06 11:37:36
as long as you got the new tank from a few yrs ago theres a valve in there that prevents leaks ,you should be ok.
Filet Mignon
Re:Warning about the heat 2012/07/06 12:24:33
These are the small bottle sized for our Weber Q grill. Just bought them this spring.
Re:Warning about the heat 2012/07/06 13:17:12
I'd be willing to bet that those bottles are more than fine at 82 degrees.  Weber probably tests them to Death Valley-like temperatures and beyond so that they can be safely used in hot environments.  I'm so looking forward to firing up the charcoal Weber tonight...perhaps it'll just light itself.
That brings to mind another thing to think about: oily rags.  Hopefully everyone's storing them in sealed metal containers because they can and will spontaneously combust!