Stay Safe at the Pump!

Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

⇒Turn off the engine.

⇒Don’t smoke.

⇒Don’t use your cell phone – leave it in the vehicle, or turn it off.

⇒Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling.


Share 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, they may not be able to get the children out in time.


Here are 3 real life cases of why cell phones should not be operated in gas refueling areas

  1. An individual place their cell phone on the car’s trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.
  2. An individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.
  3. An individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while fueling their car.

You should know that cell phones can ignite fuel or fumes. Cell phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition. Cell phones should not be used at gas stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boats, etc. They should also not be used or should be turned off around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust.

Petroleum Equipment Institute has researched 150 cases of gas pump fires. The results are very surprising:

  1. Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
  2. Almost all cases involved the person getting back into 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 a static spark from their bodies from sliding out of the vehicle.
  3. Most had 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. The vapors that come out of the gas is was causes the fire when connected with static charges.
  6. There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, station, and customer.
  7. 17 fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and BEFORE fueling began.

NEVER GET BACK INTO YOUR VEHICLE WHILE FILLING WITH GAS! If you absolutely have to get into your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out and 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.