Mobile Phone Safety:
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, the individual answered a call while refueling their car and suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited.  In the third, an individual who's phone was in their pocket while they were fueling suffered burns to the thigh and groin when fumes ignited due to the phone ringing.

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, boats, 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.

"Stop Static" and Refuel Safely with Every Fill-up
WASHINGTON, September 23 - The American Petroleum Institute and the Petroleum Equipment Institute announced today they are joining together beginning with National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, to remind motorists how to avoid potential problems with static electricity at the gas pump.  The groups also are encouraging motorists to follow all safe refueling practices with every fill-up.

Fall brings cool, dry air to many parts of the country - the typical climate conditions when static electricity build-up is most likely to occur.  Static electricity may build up when a motorist re-enters the vehicle during fueling.  When the motorist then returns to the vehicle fill pipe during or at the end of refueling, the static may discharge at the fill point, potentially causing a flash fire or a small sustained fire with gasoline refueling vapors.

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City of Calabasas 2017