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Fire department warns against leaving lighters in cars

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Given the recent increases in temperatures, the Taipei City Fire Department (TCFD) warned that placing lighters in cars may lead to accidental fires.

According to TCFD statistics, it is common for cars to catch fire if they are parked out of the shade due to butane lighters, remains of which are often found on burned and melted dashboards.

The fuel substance commonly found in lighters is highly combustible, and could easily ignite if left in an environment of extreme heat or with direct exposure to sunlight. Large-sized lighters that contain an abundant amount of flammable substances have been appearing on the market recently, leading to an increase in vehicle fires caused by the everyday object.

The TCFD cautioned that people shouldn't put lighters on their dashboards and to should avoid placing them in high-temperature environments.

In related news, according to TCFD statistics from the past five years, appliances that are more prone to causing fires are air-conditioners and household fans. Air-conditioners and fans should always be kept in good condition, and their power lines should remain uncovered and free from crimping. People should stop using appliances and turn off their power immediately if strange smells or sounds are detected, according to the TCFD.

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This photo shows the burned interior of a car in Taipei, yesterday. The Taipei City Fire Department warned that people shouldn't place lighters in cars because this may lead to accidental fires. (CNA)

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