What that static electricity....

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  1. Scott Strang

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    She seemed to do pretty well given the circumstances. After that initial blow-up I'm sure most folks would have been making tracks. She actually took the time to remove the flaming nozzle, set it down, and then head for the hills. I'm just surprised she didn't stop to readjust her shirt yet again on her way out of frame.
     
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    She obviously didn't read the warning signs at the pump: "Turn off engine, no smoking, don't adjust your wool sweater 500 times."
     
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    I KNEW IT! She got back in her car! Just like they proved on MythBusters!

    If you didn't see the show, they were proving a myth that woman are more susceptable to fires at gas stations. What they proved is that women tend to go back into the car after they started pumping gas. What this does is, you are no longer grounded when you lift your foot off the ground (to get back in the car). This can cause major static electricity when you touch the gas nozzle and create a spark.

    Also note, she adjusted her shirt which also created more static.

    The Mythbusters sat at a gas station all day and recorded their findings. I forget the number, but they proved that a large percentage of women get back into their car after they started pumping gas. Men tend to stand next to the nozzle while pumping.

    The worse thing they said is to remove the nozzle from the tank because the gas (coming out of the nozzle) will just create a flame thrower (in effect), but I guess the newer pumps have cut off switches so this may be a moot point.

    But definitely try not to remove your feet from the ground once you start pumping gas.
     
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    wow...most women get back into their cars? i normally like to jump over the fuel hose. then again, maybe i'm weird? hehe[​IMG]
     
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    LOL - I just pictured Carol playing jump rope with the gas hose. [​IMG] Well, not that their findings are conclusive, but there was definitely a large percentage on the female side.

    I've always noticed a lot more females (especially in the winter) who jumps back in their cars to avoid the cold air.
     
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    now you've got me thinking that donning the cute winter wool wear (say that fast) and jumping over the fuel hose might not be the best idea? goodness. oh, how thankful i am that i've escaped with my life! [​IMG]
     
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    This just needs to happen a few more times to people and I'll bet they bring back gas station attendants.
     
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    They had a big segment on DateLine or whatever about this.
    They didn't specify a gender, but rather said that by going back into your car, you touch the carpet or the seats and then you get back out and generate the static electricity and whaoomph!

    They said that gas stations were reqired to post warning signs about not getting back into your vehicle. The next time I was at the gas station I checked and sure enough it was there. Albeit in a not so obvious place.

    Personally I don't think you should ever leave an "active hose" unattended. Whether you are at the pump or the potty.
     
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    Here in Oregon we don't get out of our vehicles (not allowed to pump our own gas).
     
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    LOL
     
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    Greg R,

    Howdy neighbor!
     
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    It's strange, I don't remember ever hearing about anything like this until about a few years ago. Is there something new about gas or cars that's causing this?
     
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    Why does somebody need to go back into their car after starting up the pump?

    The woman in the video got in for like, three seconds and got back out... what was the point of that?

    I always stand by the pump when gas is flowing...
     
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    Look closer at the time in the video. It skips around. She was in the car longer than 3 seconds
     
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    Ah missed that.. thanks for pointing that out... Still, doesnt take that long to fill up the gas :p)
     
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    Sometimes the pump could be running slow, or she has a big fuel tank.
     
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    Or it's just damn cold out.
     
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    when you fuel an airplane you ground the airplane to the fuel truck with a strap, for good reason.


    Move to Oregon
     

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