pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

Safety While Gassing Up ATNANO

To those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas.  If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

Mobile phones can ignite fuel or fumes.

Here are some reasons why companies don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas...

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell      phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to the face when fumes ignited as a call was answered while refueling the car!

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in a pocket, rang while the car was being fueled.

Mobile phones can ignite fuel or fumes.

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition.

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.E., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust,  etc...)

To sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe


1) Turn off engine.

2) Don't smoke.

3) Don't use a cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off.

4) Don't re-enter the vehicle during fueling.

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try to make people aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:

1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.

2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of a static spark from their bodies from sliding out of the vehicle.

3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.

4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.

Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas.

The vapors that come out of the gas can cause a fire, when connected with static charges.

Twenty-nine fires resulted when people re-entered the vehicle and afterward touched the nozzle during refueling from a variety of makes and models.  Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.

Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

Mr. Renkes stresses people should NEVER get back into the vehicle while filling it with gas.  If someone absolutely HAS to get into the vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure to get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before pulling the nozzle out.  This way, the static from the person’s body will be discharged before the nozzle is removed.

The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

Please send this information to ALL family and friends, especially those who have kids who might be in the car with them while pumping gas.  If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

"Treasure today—Tomorrow might be too late."


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