LIST: Things You Shouldn’t Leave In The Car When It’s Freezing

Cellphones - Apple advises against storing the iPhone or iPad at temperatures below negative-four degrees, and they shouldn't be operated at temperatures lower than 32-degrees. Similarly, Samsung phones and other electronics issue the same advisory. “Lithium-ion batteries popular in cellphones are the most vulnerable component to cold,” USA TODAY reports. They should work fine once they warm back up, but repeated exposure could cause problems.

Soda or beer – Water expands when it freezes and for canned liquids that means they can explode. “The freeze temperature for Coca-Cola is 30-degrees, and the temperature for beer that's 5% alcohol by volume is 27-degrees (higher-alcohol beers freeze at lower temperatures),” reported.

Eggs – Eggs shouldn’t be allowed to freeze in their shells. If this happens, throw away any cracked ones. You can thaw cracked ones in the refrigerator right before use. "These can be hard cooked successfully, but other uses may be limited. That's because freezing causes the yolk to become thick and syrupy so it will not flow like an unfrozen yolk or blend very well with the egg white or other ingredients," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Canned Foods – Same as the soda or beer, water expands when it freezes causing the can to crack open, spoiling the contents. "If the product doesn't look and/or smell normal, throw it out. DO NOT TASTE IT! If the seams have rusted or burst, throw the cans out immediately, wrapping the burst can in plastic and disposing the food where no one, including animals can get it," according to the USDA.


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