Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Preventing Fire While Pumping Gas

Don't let this happen to you! Here's what you need to know about preventing fires at the gas pump:

What causes gas pump fires?
Static electricity buildup is the number one reason for fires at the gas pump. A good example of static electricity is walking across a carpeted area, and dragging your feet. The next thing you touch will create a spark. This is static electricity. You can also see it in your clothes when they stick together.

How can I prevent static build up?
  • The most important thing to do before touching the gas pump is to touch something metal. This will discharge any static electricity you have in your body, and prevent it from getting on the gas pump.
  • Do not smoke while pumping gas or around gas pumps. Any type of fire near gas is always a bad idea.
  • Do not talk on your cell phone while pumping gas. This can create static electricity.
  • Do not re-enter your vehicle while pumping gas. This too will cause a static electricity build up. If you MUST re-enter your vehicle, and then touch the gas pump, make sure to touch something metal before touching the gas pump.


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