[Gasification] Fwd: For Your Safety from Shell Oil Company - THIS IS NOT A JOKE! Clash of technologies.

Bruno M. brunom1 at telenet.be
Sun Mar 18 13:06:47 CDT 2012

This is of course an other HOAX,
if you search the Shell website you'll not find any trace of such a message.

Cellphones don't make sparks when they operate.
There have never been cellphone induced explosions by filling up a car;
but yes you'll find a sticker on manny selfservice stations indicating
to not use a cellphone while tanking;
this is only to protect themselfs legally if someone likes to sue them.
There have been such a messages in newspapers of woman being burnt
while filling up and using a cellphone but it was not phone
but static electricity that initiate those explosions or deflagrations.

But this hoax is somewhat different from others,
that it contains some truth:
Where it is adviced "not to reenter your car", because thats a good way 
to charge yourself with
static electricity, and if you then touch the nozzle ( while the 
gasoline is still pouring in, and
so combustible fuel vapors are coming out ) you may indeed spark those 
vapors.( not your cellphone)
Hardly possible with diesel but a real risk with gasonline.

So its not good advice to forward this hoax message but ...
For some Real ( & good) advice about static & tanking go to the website 
of the mentioned
'Petroleum Equipment Institute:'

There you'll read:

    Three Rules for Safe Refueling

    1. Turn off engine.
    2. Don't smoke.
    3. Never re-enter your vehicle while refueling.

    Are Cell Phones Responsible?
    No. We have not documented a single incident that was caused by a 
cellular telephone.

    Cell phones continue to be cited as causing fires at the pump in 
e-mails circulating on the Internet.
    So far, we have been unable to document any incidents that were 
sparked by a cellular telephone.
    In fact, many researchers have tried to ignite fuel vapors with a 
cell phone and failed.

Bruno M.

Op 18-3-2012 7:52, Thomas Reed schreef:
> (I presume this will reach thousands of people.  If each of you sends 
> the warning to your friends, it will reach millions, and third round 
> could reach more billions than there are on earth!
> READ THE WARNING below from my friend Michele LeJeune, and KEEP YOUR 
> Pass it on to your lists of friends and we will save thousands of lives!
> Thomas B Reed
> The Biomass Energy Foundation
> Begin forwarded message:
>> *From:* Michele Lejeune <lo <mailto:lotsokittycats at gmail.com>
>> *Subject:* *For Your Safety from Shell Oil Company - THIS IS NOT A JOKE!*
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: *Ilse Falkenburger* <
>>             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.
>>             You should know that: Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes.
>>             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...)
>>             TO sum it up, 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 .
>>             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 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 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 customer.
>>             8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately
>>     after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.
>>             Mr. Renkes stresses to 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 I  mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment
>>     Institute, along with several other companies now, are really
>>     trying to make the public aware of this danger.
>>             I ask you to please send this information to ALL your
>>     family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car
>>     with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they
>>     may not be able to get the children out in time. Thanks for
>>     passing this along.
>> ===============================================================================
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