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Ansible1's avatar

Do you think it's dangerous to talk on your cell phone while pumping gas?

Asked by Ansible1 (4824points) June 30th, 2009
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sandystrachan's avatar

No , why would it be ?
Oh static sparks and fumes , it does happen but as long as you dont go in and out of your car alot during the pumping . Also touch the car just as you get out should be enough to rid you of the static .

It never bothers me .

willbrawn's avatar

No. Not at all mythbusters proved it was false.

Ansible1's avatar

Yeah I had that episode of mythbusters in mind as well. The other day I was talking to my girlfriend on the phone, on the other end she was pumping gas at the same time, I heard some guy in the background say something like: “are you crazy get off the phone!” and she hung up on me!

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

If you are so distracted by your conversation that you’re not paying attention to the pump, yes. You might end up spilling gas all over the side of your car and the tarmac around the pump. Yes, the automatic shutoff works most of the time, but you need to pay attention.

RocketGuy's avatar

Cell phones put out enough power to pop popcorn:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgjx4JROjR4

Definitely enough to blow up your car.

willbrawn's avatar

@RocketGuy thats a fake video, try it with your own cell phone and let me know what happens.

Darwin's avatar

The Navy doesn’t allow cell phone use while pumping gas, so that’s good enough for me. The Exchange folks take the little latch off the pump handle so you have to stand there the whole time, too, and can’t go back and sit in your car, leaving it to pump unattended.

I don’t think there has ever been a fuel explosion at the filling station on the base, but the Navy might argue that the prohibitions are the reason for that.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@willbrawn , no, the video is real. The space aliens have implanted a chip in your brain that’s telling you it’s a fake. They are planning an invasion of the Earth on December 12, 2012, and they’re going to use the cell phones to cook everybody’s brain just like the popcorn. Luckily for me, I am protected by the tinfoil I used to line my ball cap. It isn’t too late for you. If you douse yourself in salt water and stand under a power line for ten minutes in bare feet, it will short-circuit the chip and you will be able to see clearly again.

RocketGuy's avatar

I twirl a 6 ft long garden hose over my head every week to keep wild elephants away. I have not seen one in over 10 years, so it must be working.

I doubt a cell phone is that dangerous. Preventing people from sitting back in their car really does prevent static buildup, which is the true cause of gas station explosions (not cell phones themselves).

We are pretty paranoid about static at my work. Not much at all about cell phones.

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