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 NHTSA -National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


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Safety tips in driving under a blizzard conditions:

The Allstate Insurance blog has safety tips for winter driving :


How to quickly defrost winshield: Mix one part of water and 2 parts rubbing alcohol, spray the windshield to

defrost the ice on the window

Safety awareness while Pumping gas:

Here are some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and

storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas..

You should know that Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes !

Here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.


The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones

(cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations.

In the first case, 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.

In the second, an individual suffered
severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as
they answered a call while refueling their car!

And in the third, 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.

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark

for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or

explosive fumes or dust, (I.e.., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc...)

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people
aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His 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 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 on 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) 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 re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a

variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the


8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling


Mr.. Renkes stresses you should NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
If you absolutely HAVE to get into 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.

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