Igniting At The Pump

By: Chrystina Head
By: Chrystina Head

More and more research shows that conversation could have us dialing 9-1-1 Cell phones are a convenience we can't seem to live without. They take pictures, surf the Internet and can start fires.

Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning about cell phone use at the pump. Three people were injured when their cell phones ignited fumes or fuel while pumping gas. The fires are a result of static electricity that cell phones generate. It's possible to ignite fumes when you're not on the cell phone and a call comes in. That only happens when a cell phone is outside of the car. None of these fires have occurred.

Experts suggest that when we pump our gas we either leave our cell phones in the car or turn them off. They also say it's important not to re-enter the car while pumping gas because that also generates static electricity.


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