[StBernard] Shell Oil Comments - A MUST READ!

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Mon Apr 25 17:44:36 EDT 2011

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.
Shell Oil Comments - A MUST READ!

Safety Alert!
Here's some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating
areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, 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 fuelling

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid
during fuelling; 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 fuelling 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
fuelling 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...)

TO sum it up, here are the 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 fuelling.

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 vapours 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 refuelling from a variety of makes and models.
Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the
gas cap was removed and before fuelling 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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