Of smartphones and refuelling at petrol stations: Danger!

https://weehingthong.org/2016/06/28/woman-in-kuala-lumpur-suffers-severe-burns-she-used-her-handphone-when-refuelling-her-car/

*STERN WARNING FROM SHELL OIL COMPANY*

_*Forward this safety information to your family members and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them, while refueling petrol at the petrol kiosks.*_

*MUST READ, EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN A CAR OR OTHER MOTOR VEHICLE.*

*Safety Alert!*

*Here are some reasons why the company do not allow cell/mobile phones in the operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.*

*The Shell Oil Company issued a warning after many incidents in which mobile/cell phones ignited fumes during refueling petrol.*

*In the first case, the phone was placed on top the car’s trunk during refueling. Then it rang and this caused the fumes from petrol to ignite. In the ensuing fire, the car and the petrol pump were destroyed.*

*In the second case, an individual suffered severe burns to his face when the fumes got ignited as he answered a call while refueling his car.*

*In the third case, an individual suffered burns to his thigh and groin when the fumes ignited when the phone, which was in his pocket, rang while he was refueling his car.*

_*You should know that: Mobile Phone can ignite petrol or fumes when it is switched on and the ringing releases enough energy to provide a spark for ignition.*

*Mobile phones should not be used at any petrol kiosk or when fueling car, lawnmower, boat etc.*

*Mobile phones should not be used, or should be switched off around other materials that can generate flammable or explosive fumes, i.e. solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc.*

_*To sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling petrol:*

*1) Turn off engine;*

*2) Don’t smoke;*

*3) Don’t use mobile/cell phone – leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off; and*

*4) Don’t re-enter your vehicle during refueling.*

*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 petrol kiosks.*

*His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.*

_*The results were very surprising:*_

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

*2) Almost all the cases involved persons getting back into the vehicles while the pumping of petrol still going on.*

*When the pumping stopped they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started as the result of a ‘static spark’ from their bodies.*

*3) Most of the people were wearing rubber-soled shoes.*

*4) Most people never get back into their vehicles until
the refueling was completed. This is why they did not cause these types of fires.*

*5) Do not ever use mobile/cell phones when refueling petrol.*>

*6) It is the vapour which comes out of the petrol that causes the fire owing to ‘static charges’. *

*7) There were 29 fires where vehicles were re-entered and the nozzles were touched during refueling.*

*Some resulted in extensive damages to the vehicles, to the petrol kiosks and to the customers.*

*8) Seventeen fires occurred as soon as the petrol tank caps were removed and before refueling began.*

*Remember: NEVER get back into your vehicle while refueling petrol. If it is necessary for you to get into your vehicle again while the refueling is going on, make sure that when you get out, close the door and TOUCH THE METAL, before you pull the nozzle out. This way the static charges from your body will be discharged before you remove the nozzle.*

*As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies, are now trying to make the public aware of this danger.*

*Have a safety day!*

http://www.laleva.cc/environment/shell_cellphones.html

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2 Responses to Of smartphones and refuelling at petrol stations: Danger!

  1. E Lye says:

    A load of fertilizer from a male cow.

    I was a contractor to Shell and was made very aware of their 12 Life Saving Rules for which a contractor and his supervisor/boss will{not can or maybe} be blacklisted from Shell Premises worldwide and employees dismissed. There is little or no appeal for violation. I hope to catch them with their pants down if I see them participate in a motor treasure hunt because that definitely violates rule 12. Imagine having the giddy power to sack a managing director with a well timed snapshot. I saw a leaf blower used in a Shell forecourt but I lost that camera. Sigh.

    Thus I find it exceedingly strange that the use of mobile phones at petrol stations is not included.

    I did some research several years ago and discovered that Shell undertook experiments and could never ignite fuel vapours using mobile phones.

    http://oilfieldwiki.com/wiki/Shell_12_Life_Saving_Rules
    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fuelish-pleasures/
    https://forums.techarp.com/threads/shell-oils-safety-report-on-mobile-phones-true-or-false.25674/
    http://www.rationalskepticism.org/general-debunking/using-mobile-phones-at-fuel-pumps-t41371.html

    The most probable cause is static electricity. I touch the metal car petrol cap and the exposed metal of the pump to equalize the charges before I do any refuelling.

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