Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Danger With Cell Phones @ Gas Pump
Shell Oil Comments - A MUST READ!
Here are some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas,
propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel
The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in
which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fuelling operations
In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during
fuelling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline
In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes
ignited as they answered a call while refuelling their car!
And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as
fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they
were fuelling their car.
You should know that: 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 fuelling 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 Refuelling:
1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it 0ff
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fuelling.
Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try
and 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 static.
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.
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas
6) It is the vapours that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when
connected with static charges.
7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was
touched during refuelling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted
in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap
was removed and before fuelling began.
Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make
sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull
the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before
you ever remove the nozzle.
As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with
several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of
I ask you to please send this information to ALL your family and friends,
especially those who have kids 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. Thanks for passing this along.