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Refueling Your Motorcycle, Mobile Phones And Fire

  Posted at 06:43:56 PM
  File under  Entertainment Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Motorcycle on fire
There have been several discussions, emails and articles that have appeared over the years stating that Shell have issued a warning to its customers after three incidents in which a mobile phone ignited fuel fumes during fueling.

When you read the original email, you think "hmmmmm ... am I in danger when refueling my motorcycle?".  Confused Smiley

Many of us ride with mobile phone, and turning them off is a pain. Can phones ignite fuel fumes?

But is there a real danger?

Here's the "message" from "Shell":

Subject: SAFETY ALERT - Mobile Phones and Refueling Don't mix

What's the problem

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning about three incidents where Mobile Phones have ignited fumes while being answered or ringing during fueling operations.

What specifically happened

Case 1
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.

Case 2
An individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.

Case 3
An individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

What should you learn from this?

* It is a misconception that Mobile Phones are intrinsically safe and can't ignite fuel/fumes
* Mobile phones that light up when switched on, or when they ring, have enough energy released 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 around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust (i.e. solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust etc.)
* Mobile phones should be turned off before entering an area where other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust is located.

Please share this with employees who do not have access to email, family members and friends to help keep everyone safe.
Have a wonderful day!!

After some research it became obvious that the email from Shell is fake (Source: Urban Legends Open link in a new window and Shell Open link in a new window)

IMHO, the only reason they ask you to turn off your mobile phone when tanking, is that it could conceivably hinder the computer in the gas pump. But Shell don't help the cause, when one of their subsidiaries publishes this: Shell New Zealand Open link in a new window

So there you're safe when tanking and keeping your mobile phone on..

Via: Bullard's Bar Loop

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