11 March 2013

Mobile Phone Danger Zones

Apparently the dangers of active cell phones in the presence of gasoline and other fumes should not be taken lightly. A major oil company has issued a warning that should be taken seriously with regard to serious and sometimes deadly explosions taking place when the two are improperly used in proximity to each other.

This same petroleum giant doesn't allow cell phones in their operating areas, propylene oxide handling areas, storage areas; and propane, gasoline, and diesel refueling areas.

Most commonly explosions can happen in places we take for granted and without giving the potential danger a second thought...refueling our vehicles at the pump.

The company gave three examples where active cell phones and gasoline fumes caused disastrous results.

1] The phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling.Phone rang and ensuing fire destroyed car and gasoline pump.

2] Individual suffered severe burns to face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling car.

3] Individual suffered burns to thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were refueling their car.

Mobile phones can ignite fuel or fumes. Phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a sufficient spark strong enough for ignition.

Avoid using phones in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boats, etc. Do not use phones around other materials that generate flammable fumes or dust, e.g., solvents, chemical, gasses, grain dust, etc.

Follow the 4 rules for safe refueling:
1] don't leave vehicle engine running
2] don't smoke
3] don't use cell phone...leave inside vehicle or turn it off
4] don't reenter vehicle during dueling.

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