Arlington Residents: Don’t park on the leaves!

The Arlington Co. web site reminds us not to park on the leaves that line many of the streets. The site also refers to a Post article from last December about a fellow who parked in a pile of leaves and lost his car to flames just minutes later. I’ve seen this happen elsewhere as well. It’s not pretty to see a burning car with the owner running around screaming, unable to do anything as firefighters douse the heap of junk.

It’s been quite a number of years since I was behind the counter of a car parts store, but as I recall, your catalytic converter can reach temperatures up to 1000 degrees. Why, that’s even hotter than two rats in a wool sock. The converter is essentially a chemical reaction box that restricts the flow of exhaust gasses, causing major heat build-up and thus danger when parked in leaves, which apparently ignite at around 400 degrees.

I am pretty certain that other areas outside Arlington can benefit from this warning as well, but since it was on the Arlington web site I wasn’t sure…

3 Comments so far

  1. Alessandra (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:23 am

    Hotter than two rats in a wool sock? Is that a commonly used phrase or did you make that up?

    Whichever it is, I’m loving it, and I officially adopt it as my own.


  2. Mik (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 10:41 am

    Thanks for that, guess I’ll stop parking in the pile of leaves near my house.


  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

    No, I didn’t make that up and it’s not too commonly used either. That’s what makes it great. I have a few others up my sleeve you might catch at some point. It’s a result of growing up in the South. We are a people of colorful language.



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