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I know the source who sent this, and she never sends information along that is false, so thought I would share it.

Nolan Carter, was involved in a fueling fire recently. He was fueling
an airplane when the fire exploded. The cause
was determined to be static electricity. I had heard of this happening
before but I never knew anyone involved. Well, upon investigation we
find that
"static" fires occur more often than we think, and with cars, not just

This is important information that could save your life! "Please take

just one minute to read this you may find it very helpful. "

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a
campaign to
try and make people aware of fires as a result of "static" at gas pumps.
company has researched 150 cases of these fires and his results were

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 and they went back
to pull the nozzle out 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 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 reentered and the nozzle
was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some
resulting in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the

8) Seventeen fires that 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

If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is
make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you
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
several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware
of this danger.

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
post #2 of 3
I had heard of this, and it is very scary!! Thanks for posting it, I am sure there are people who have not heard about it yet. I for one decided never to get back into my vehicle when pumping gas, better safe than sorry!!
post #3 of 3
Wow. I'd never heard of that. It's quite frightening really. Thankfully I don't ever get back into the car, I keep hold of the nozzle until I'm done. Funnily enough it's mostly men I see doing that here - sales-rep types who always seem in a hurry.

Thanks for the info though.
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