Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cell phones and gas pumps don't mix

You learn something new everyday, and last week I was shocked to learn that using a cell phone while pumping gas could create a hazard,

I haven't researched this to find out why it's so dangerous, but I happened to actually read the warning sign posted on the gas pump...you know, the one that warns you to shut your car off when you pump, don't light up ... stuff like that.

Anyhow, I noticed that one of the recommendations was to avoid cell phone use. Can a cell phone really cause a gas explosion if you use it while pumping? If there's an expert out there in cell phone usage and potential gas station infernos, please shed some light.

2 comments:

Matthew Smith said...

Jason, check out Mythbusters, I saw the show on this and they busted the myth, Episode 2, season 1, but I can't find a link....The little theory behind the cell phone is something about the static charge... you can carry the same static charge without a cell phone. Just by touching the door when you get out of the car, you get rid of the charge on your person, if you didn't get rid of the charge you could ignite the fumes around the pump while you are pumping. Very unlikely to happen...anyway happy gas pumping. See if you can find it on Mythbusters. ~Kim

Rushan said...

Here's the link to the video of the myth being busted...

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/mythbusters-cell-phone-destroys-gas-station/2539312157

Also...see this on Snopes.com:

http://www.snopes.com/autos/hazards/gasvapor.asp