The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) and the American
Petroleum Institute (API) have developed a nationwide campaign aimed at
increasing public awareness of a potential fire hazard during gasoline
refueling caused by the discharge of static electricity at the fill point of a
vehicle. The groups are also encouraging motorists to follow all safe refueling
guidelines with every fill-up.
Static electricity build-up occurs when a motorist slides across
the vehicle seat when they re-enter their vehicle during refueling. When the
motorist then returns to the vehicle fill pipe, the static may discharge at the
fill point, potentially causing a fire.
Americans fill up their vehicles an estimated 11 billion times a year, the
number of refueling fires caused by static discharge are extremely rare. These
fires have occurred, however, and there have been injuries and property damage
as a result. So it is important that the industry and the general public are
aware that these incidents have happened. The best way to avoid the problem is
to not get back into your vehicle during refueling. Staying Safe at the Pump
|Should store employees witness the filling of portable
containers NOT on the ground or customer's re-entry of their vehicle during
fueling, THEY ARE TO STOP THE SALE IMMEDIATELY, apologize for
any inconvenience and inform the customer of proper procedures emphasizing our
concern for their safety.