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Jan 30, 2010

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*Shell Oil Comments - A MUST READ**!


> 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 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
> 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.)
> ** **
> **   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 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.

> 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.*

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Posted: Saturday January 30, 2010, 9:11 am
Tags: cell phones IGNITE [add/edit tags]

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