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Fire at petrol station.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mickhippy, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    A while ago I was filling up a fuel can that was on the back of my truck. They shut down the pump and explained to me how this can happen.....

    Alway fill cans on the ground.

    And in the interview she said she'll hire someone to do the lawns from now on! haaaa

  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Wow. That's pretty incredible. Gas at $4.49 AUS a gallon is pretty awesome too. We had a whole bunch of those type of explosions a few years ago here in the States.
  3. pflasch

    pflasch LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 294

    Very True!!! ALWAYS fill you gas / diesel cans on the ground!

    Your truck bed isn't necessarily GROUNDED to an EARTH GROUND, and static charges can buildup.
    In the US, we have had numerous fires at gas pumps from that small spark when the charge on the gas can, in the bed of your truck, neutralizes. Diesel is less likely to do this, but you still have a fire potential!

    I applaud any "gas station attendant" for seeing this potential, and shutting that pump down!!

    With that said, I also noticed the other day, as I was leaving the station thank god, an IDIOT with a lighted cigarette, taking the caps off of several gas cans in the bed of his pickup... and pumping fuel into them!

    I pushed just a little harder on my "go faster pedal", and got the heck out of there!!!
  4. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,045

    Wasn't surprised it was a women, LOL. I had one next to me about 2 weeks ago pumping gas and talking on the phone!One hand on the pump and one hand on the phone.

    I told her, "your gonna kill all of us". Go on you tube and look at the women that rubbed her sweater and went in and out the car rubbing her seat that started the static and the pump catching on fire.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Static can do it, but it has since been proven that the cell phone thing was a myth. I used to be super paranoid of people on a cell phone around pumping gas, too.
    The pickup bed thing? That is true and very deadly.
  6. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 371

    Never - under any circumstances - should you fill up a gas can on a pickup bed. Even if you don't have a plastic bedliner.

    Now - how would this relate to filling up a riding mower on a trailer, and by the way, most ZTR's have plastic gas tanks on them?
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    Thats what I was thinking! No way Im going to take the machine off the trailer just to fuel it up.
  8. pflasch

    pflasch LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 294

    When it comes to a static build up, plastic is worst than almost anything else! This has NOTHING to do with how "conductive" a substance is!
    I'm an old computer tech, and I can tell you that more computer logic boards have been fried by simply setting a styrofoam cup right next to it... not even touching it!
    I'm not trying to telling anyone anything new, but please Google "static electricity" and read for yourselves.

    Just my 2 cents... :)
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    It wouldn't matter even if you did. The whole mower is still isolated from a earth ground by the rubber tires. Have you guys ever seen chains hanging from the bottom of a fire truck? Do you know what they're for?
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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