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> 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 their face when
> fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling 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 fueling their car.
> You s hould 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 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 Refueling
> 1) Turn off engine
> 2) Don't smoke
> 3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
> 4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling
> 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 unt il 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 vapors 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 refueling 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 fueling began.
> Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it
> with gas.
> 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
> this danger. You can find out more information by going to
> <http://www.pei.org/> . Once here, click in the center of the screen where
> it says "Stop Static".
> I ask you to please send this in formation 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.
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Thanks for sharing this. My father owns a very busy gas station as well. I'll have to double check to see if he has signs up forbidding cell phone use around the pumps
don't believe the hype

Hi 4givN&hope4U
Warnings regarding cell phones, such as this have been passed around the net since the late 90's, this one in particular starting in 2002, and unfortunately (or fortunately rather) it is nothing more than an urban myth.
Whilst it is true that static electricity can cause a fire, it is extremely rare for it to occur due to every day human friction and there is definately not enough emitted from a cell phone to ignite one.
It is compulsory for petrol stations in Australia to display signs warning of the alleged dangers of mobile use at the pump, but more research is coming to light that proves it has never happened, and with a little 'googling' yourself you will easily see proof of this.
I hope your mind is set at ease by this.
Kind regards,
Hi Sam.

Thanks for sharing.

When I was sent this/that message from my parents, I was thinking, I have never heard this before and I, usually, put my cell phone in my pocket and I've been doing this for years! Plus, I, more than not, have my children in my vehicle when I am pumping gas.

I have a lot of static electricity on/with me as I have to touch things with the back of my hand to stop it from occurring on my palms (it hurts less on the back of my hands).

I figured, either the Lord has saved me from close encounters or the information isn't exactly accurate.

Besides all this, the Lord told me that IF we went around "worrying" about all the things we've been told to take caution to/of, we wouldn't have time to just live and serve our Saviour. From making sure that we check the pumps, anyway, at the gas stations to make sure there aren't any needles that may have been planted there to inject us with the HIV virus to making sure we don't fold our eyelids up for fear they may stay that way, etc., (I'm sure you know what I am referring to, don't you?) we could live our lives in bondage to the fear of these things instead of trusting in God to take care of us as He deems fit. I trust Him with my life!

I'm not positive, but there is a time to be born and a time to die and, I believe, my life is in the Lord's hands; however, I am not sure how it goes for the UNbelievers and so, I share the warnings for their sakes (not really knowing if it helps anyone or not).

Nonetheless, I appreciate your knowledge on the subject.

Now What?

2Tim.1:7: For God hath not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.

But a 'heads' up that's confirmed is

Proverb 3:13: Happy is the man that
findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth

God Bless,

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