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Please read--could save your life

  • Subject: Please read--could save your life
  • From: ShayDguy@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2002 09:05:10 EDT

> The Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make
> people aware of fires as a result of "static"  (that is, static
> electricity) at gas pumps.  They have researched 150 cases of these fires.
> The 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
> the nozzle was still pumping gas, when finished and they went back to pull
> the nozzle out 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.
> 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 vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when
> connected with static charges.
> 7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was reentered and the nozzle was
> touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some
> in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
> 8) Seventeen fires that occurred before, during or immediately after the
> gas cap was removed and before fueling began.
> 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 mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with
> other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this
> danger. You can find out more information by going to http://www.pei.org <
> http://www.pei.org> . Once here, click in the center of the screen where
> says "Stop Static".
> 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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