Static and Cell Phones at the Gas Pump...Be Careful!

  1. out of 150 fires starting at the gas pump almost all of them involved women

    the fires are explosions which can severely burn the person, blow up the car and cause extension damage to the station.

    these fires occured when people got back in their car while the gas was still filling, once the gas stopped filling, the person got out of their car, grabbed the nozzle, the fire started as a result of static electricity.

    most had on rubber-soled shoes

    men seldom get back in their cars while it is filling this is why the vast majority injured have been women.

    don't ever use a cell phone or answer a cell phone while pumping gas.

    it is the vapor that comes off of the gas while fueling that comes in contact with the static electricity and sets off the fire.

    do not leave children in the car while pumping gas.

    never get back in the car while pumping gas. if you absolutely must get in and out of your car. get out close the door making sure to touch the metal handle. this will discharge the static electricity before you touch the nozzle.

    gas station fires are explosions which cause severe burns, the car may blowup and can cause extensive damage to the gas station. with the winter coming up the incidence of static electricity increase. be careful! more from snopes
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Nov 28, '06
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  3. by   Roy Fokker
    [font=trebuchet ms,bookman old style,arial] don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas

    at this point we have to wonder whether the author of this piece was reading the same summary we are. the pei's summary states quite plainly that no cell phones were involved in any reports of gas station fires.
    more from snopes

    me? i always discharge myself whenever i leave my car --- wheather i am putting gas in or otherwise. it's a habit i picked up in cold buffalo...
  4. by   RainDreamer
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    This is not false information. If you follow Roy's link from the #2 post you will see that it is true. Cell phones and gas do not cause fires however gas and static electricity do. It is due to the static electricity and some connection with cell phones that petroleum companies suggest no phones while pumping gas. It's not a matter of cell phones and gas.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Nov 28, '06
  6. by   BSNtobe2009
    All you have to do is touch the car when you get out of it to get any potential "spark" off you. The same thing can happen to anyone if they don't do this, and a spark off their person happens to come into contact with the gas fumes, whether they are using a phone or not.
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    CELL PHONES CAN CAUSE FIRES

    a couple of years ago i was on my way to work and i saw a fire at a conenience store..this woman was filling up and was standing between the pump and the car and talking on the phone.

    the clerk at the store said that they firemen kept saying that she must have been smoking but the woman said that she had quit smoking several years before.

    made enough of impression on me is that i won't use a phone anywhere there are vapors
  8. by   adrienurse
    I believe that myth was busted on the Mythbusters TV show.
  9. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    This is not false information. If you follow Roy's link from the #2 post you will see that it is true. Cell phones and gas do not cause fires however gas and static electricity do. It is due to the static electricity and some connection with cell phones that petroleum companies suggest no phones while pumping gas. It's not a matter of cell phones and gas.
    I posted that link for further information. I did read the link Roy posted, as I've seen this article YEARS ago. We both posted 2 different links for TWO different topics .... cell phones and gas vs. gas and static electricity. YES, the information I posted about IS false information. And I posted it because it relates to what you posted.
  10. by   Roy Fokker
    If cell phone can cause fires - so should car radios.

    They work on the same principles. Why should one cause fire while the other doesn't?
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    I keep a can of that anti-static stuff in my pickup and regularly spray my seats because I hate touching something and getting a shock of static electricity.

    Shopping in Winco seems to be a shock hazard too. Every time I touch something on a shelf I get a shock.

    steph
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    CELL PHONES CAN CAUSE FIRES
    a couple of years ago i was on my way to work and i saw a fire at a conenience store..this woman was filling up and was standing between the pump and the car and talking on the phone.he clerk at the store said that they firemen kept saying that she must have been smoking but the woman said that she had quit smoking several years before.made enough of impression on me is that i won't use a phone anywhere there are vapors
    I appreciate this info Chatsdale. Whether or not the phone actually caused the fire it was questionable so why take a chance? We don't have to talk 24/7. What did we do before cell phones?
  13. by   BabyRN2Be
    OK, so we shouldn't be using cells while driving, now we shouldn't use them at gas stations. Exactly where can I use the cell that I won't kill other people by reckless driving or blowing myself to bits either by gasoline or others trying to kill me because I'm annoying someone by using the cell?

    That's right... home! Where, of course, we have a inexpensive land line that's far safer to use.

    Good thing I don't use the cell phone, if at all.

    Note: the above post is cynical in nature. Please keep this in mind. I happen to think that Roy is right in that car radios work off the same principle. It's sort of funny yesterday. I was driving between two cities in my area when I had noticed that gas had jumped a dime between the time I left and my destination. I hardly EVER use my cell, and I called my husband to tell him that gas was going up and he might want to fuel his car.

    Maybe it's a conspiracy between fuel companies that we can't warn others that prices are rising...
  14. by   DutchgirlRN
    The thread was started to warn everyone of the hazards of static electricity and gas, a hazard I didn't know about until yesterday. Cold weather is coming up and want everyone to be safe.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Nov 29, '06

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