Cell Phone Use While Pumping Gas…
I received the following email from a friend and I decided to do my research to find out if it is true. According to Snopes, it is not true. Also MythBusters proved that Cell Phone Use While Pumping Gas is not true. If you ever receive any of the following warnings and any other warnings whether it be via email or from other social networks like Facebook, do your homework before spreading the info.
Snopes.com is a very reliable source for dispelling myths. Check out the warning below that is actually not true.
WARNING FROM SHELL OIL COMPANY
Please send this information to ALL your family & friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time.
MUST READ, EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN A CAR.
Cell Phone Use While Pumping Gas — Shell Oil Comments – A MUST READ!
Here are some reasons why we don’t allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and dieselrefueling areas.
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…)