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gasduckee

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2012 4:51:43 PM

Ever see the mythbusters show on cell phone causing fires. They couldn't get the cell phones to cause a fire. They thought it was static electricity from people getting in and out of the car that caused it. Apparently, women sit in their car while the gas is pumping more than men. Men tend to wait by the car while it's pumping. Women are involved in more gas pump fires than men. Mythbusters theorized that the getting in and out of the car without discharging the static electricity causes the problem.
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cv
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2013 5:57:49 AM

Not usually, but when I touch the ground it usually happens on its own.
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2013 2:04:06 AM

can't say I do, if it happens, it happens
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Message Posted: May 29, 2013 10:55:44 AM

no
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Message Posted: May 29, 2013 6:49:41 AM

no
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tamsey
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 8:45:43 PM

I've always wondered how dangerous it actually is to get in and out of the car while filling the tank. I used to do it all the time and now I'm hesitant...
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 4:55:44 PM

No
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 3:08:19 AM

no
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 1:22:40 AM

y
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jack4141
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 1:17:47 AM

Sometimes it has happens.
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streetirsx
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:55:05 AM

Yes it's a simple thing that can prevent a fire if the conditions are right.
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kadie1414
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:17:13 PM

yes I always touch the metal body first
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 10:37:27 PM

NO
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 9:57:31 PM

Not particularly. It just happens when I close the car door.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 9:52:23 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 9:48:07 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 9:35:52 PM

Actually yes.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 9:17:09 PM

no, never thought about it
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 3:08:08 PM

no
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manaknight14
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 3:05:51 PM

I always maintain contact with my car's body to discharge static when I'm getting out of the vehicle, even if I'm not getting gas. I just don't like getting unexpected static shocks after getting out of my car.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 2:37:24 PM

sometimes
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dekline
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 1:54:32 PM

Don't usually think about it before filling up but I usually read the sign as I'm filling up.
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:13:59 AM

When you refuel you grab the nozzle and most nozzles are grounded. So at the start you have no built up charge.
if you remain at the pump you won't be picking up any charge, so you can grab the nozzle and hang it up. Pretty safe.
However, the biggest risk is if you get in your car, and build up a new charge from your clothing and car seats. Now you go back and grab the nozzle and there wasn't a perfect seal between the nozzle and car, fumes are there that could ignite if the build up charge creates a spark and you have an explosive mixture present due to an improper seal between the nozzle and car. A lot of rural area have non sealing nozzles, those will of course have the greatest risk.
Stay with your pump when refueling!!!!
this may be why some states have outlawed individuals refueling their own cars.
New Jersey and Oregon are a couple of states where it is illegal to refuel your own car.
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Message Posted: Apr 25, 2013 1:06:02 PM

No
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2013 3:17:50 PM

yes, i touch the hose disconnect about 1ft away from the nozzle, and yes have been shocked too..
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 8:58:54 PM

Nope.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 10:11:03 AM

Discharging what charge you may carry happens very easily when you any number of items such as the door to the gas.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 9:54:24 AM

I never think about it.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2013 9:34:41 AM

I tend to do that several times as I move around. Trivial effort.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2013 9:57:24 PM

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:21:40 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:20:01 AM

Yes for the most part.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:01:38 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:54:21 AM

No...
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I try to always remember.
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:22:24 AM

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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:22:34 PM

You ground yourself when you touch the fuel nozzle and if you stand by the tank while refueling you shouldn't have a problem.

If you tend to get back in the car while pumping (which is not a good idea), it is a good idea to spray the seat down with an anti-static spray if the seats are cloth. When my seats were leather, the static problem was almost non-existent.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 2:11:35 PM

no.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 2:10:27 PM

no. if I stop posting someday you will know why.
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:51:06 AM

I wear a lot of wool, as we keep the thermostat low, and am often carrying a bit of a charge. So my wife brushes her hand across my face to ground out electricity before she kisses me.

I want my affection to be stimulating--not shocking!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:47:50 AM

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yes
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:52:41 AM

Ummmm no!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:39:30 AM

Yes, but not always on purpose. Zap!
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:27:28 AM

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Yes. Every time.
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