I thought it was a hoax too, but unless the Petroleum Equipment Institute is an elaborate hoax, their website contains info on this issue. Plus the Snopes site list this claim as "TRUE"

Nolene Sherman
Records Manager - C.J. Segerstrom & Sons
(714) 438-3244
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-----Original Message-----
From: Hobson, Andrei [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 2:34 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Non-records related - safety message

To all,

        A good thing to do is to check with one of the Urban Legend Websites
that are available like <> before passing these messages on.
If you search the mentioned website for "static" & "gasoline", you will find
the reference.  Try it and learn why you can't believe everything you read.

Andrei Hobson

-----Original Message-----
From: Rae Cogar [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2002 11:42 AM
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Subject: Non-records related - safety message

I received this notice and felt it important enough to pass on the list,
even though it is not records management related.  The notice is to alert
people to the danger of static electricity at gas pumps causing fires.   I
received this as an attachment and there was a very graphic picture of a
burned vehicle attached.  Since the list does not accept attachments, I have
reprinted the body of the announcement (without graphics).

Rae Cogar
RCS Consulting
5874 Shamrock Ct., Ste. 201
Hamburg, NY  14075

The Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make
people aware of fires as a result of "static"  (that is, static electricity)
at gas pumps.  They have researched 150 cases of these fires.  The 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 and they went back to pull
the nozzle out the fire started, as a result of static.
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 reentered and the nozzle was
touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulting
in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires that occurred before, during or immediately after the gas
cap was removed and before fueling began.

NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. If you
absolutely HAVE to get in 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.

As mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several
other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this
danger. You can find out more information by going to
<> . Once here, click in the center of the screen where it
says "Stop Static".

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