Can cell phone cause explosion at gas pump?

03/01/2018

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While most of us believe that using cell phone during filling up will cause explosion, is it a truth or myth?

All gas stations have a warning sign against cell phone use and most of us believe that using cell phone during filling up will cause explosion. However, there is no evidence for that. In this writing, Naijauto will shed light on this controversial fact.

signs at gas stations warning against cell phone use

All gas stations have a warning sign against cell phone use

Cell phones don't cause explosion

Firstly, let get some basic education on cell phone operation. Cell phones are known as high-tech small devices provide communication through the electromagnetic waves. It is these waves which may cause the spark and ignite the petrol at the filling station.

On the other hand, as we mentioned before, there is no evidence showing that cell phones can cause the fire at the station. The reason is that it doesn’t contain enough battery-voltage which is able to start the fire at every petrol pump. However, if the cell phone has the defective battery, that might be the cause for the explosion.  

someone use cell phone at the gas station

There is no evidence showing that cell phone can cause fire at the gas station

The real culprit: static electricity

Using a cell phone at the gas station cannot spark the fire but the static electricity can, even with a small amount.

When filling fuel into the tank, the vapours will surround the pump’s nozzle. Once they are ignited, the ignition will reach anywhere there is petrol in a large amount and can lead to a big boom at the station. Besides, it was reported that when you move in and out of your car during its refuelling, you can carry the charge of nearly 60,000 volts. For that reason, you should leave your cell phone in the car when coming out for filling up in order to keep you and others safer.

a man is filling fuel into the tank

When filling fuel into the tank, its vapours will surround the pump’s nozzle

In conclusion, using the cell phone at the gas station doesn’t burst into flame but you are still advised to leave it in the car while pumping gas for the best safety.

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