Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | August 16, 2010

Before Refueling Your Car…

Safety Alert!

Here are some reasons why we don’t allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage areas, propane, gas and diesel refueling 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…)


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.


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