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FACTS AND FICTION ABOUT REFUELING

FACTS AND FICTION ABOUT REFUELING

We are fascinated by urban legends, especially when they make their way into our daily lives. So I thought I would help set the record straight on a popular story about the dangers of refueling your vehicle at the gas station. Claim: Cellular phones have touched off explosions at gas stations. FALSE This rumour can be traced back to 1999, with various versions of stories where a driver suffered burns and had their car severely damaged when gasoline vapors ignite from a ringing cell phone. According to Snopes.com, a website that tracks down urban legends and rumors there has never been an actual recorded case of this happening. Both the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) and the American Petroleum Institute have issued statements denying the risk. The CTIA said, “There is no evidence whatsoever that a wireless phone has ever caused ignition or explosion at a station anywhere in the world. Wireless phones don’t cause gas stations to blow up. Warnings being poste ... read more

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