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Updated September 8, 2008 

BC Science 9 Videos

The Danger of Static Electricity While Refueling

Movie Run Time: 1:20

Static electrical discharge is indeed a danger while refueling. If a person carries a static charge, a spark that is discharged anywhere near gasoline fumes can generate a fireball and/or explosion.

How can this be avoided? When you first grab the fuel nozzle, you are likely to discharge any static charge you are carrying. When fueling, make sure that the nozzle is inserted completely into the tank to minimize the possibility of fumes escaping. Do not re-enter your vehicle while fueling - this leads to friction, and can generate static charge.

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Further Information

Petroleum Equipment Institute - excellent refueling safety information.

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