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Prevent static electricity fires at gas pumps

What common activity exposes a person to the explosive power of 26 sticks of dynamite?
The answer – handling one gallon of gasoline!
Filling vehicles at self-serve pumps requires millions of people to handle gasoline on a regular basis. Static electricity — common in cold, dry conditions — can create a spark when the driver touches the fuel nozzle. In rare circumstances, the static spark can ignite gasoline vapors, causing a flash fire.
No one knows for sure how many gas pump fires are caused by static electricity. However, 176 static fires were reported to the Petroleum Equipment Institute from 2000 to 2010 ...


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