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Author Topic: Why can't you use a mobile phone at petrol stations?  (Read 832 times)

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Why can't you use a mobile phone at petrol stations?
« on: 02 October, 2017, 02:26:32 PM »

What's the danger? Might it interfere with the pump and make it undercharge me?  Or something a tad more serious? Such as blow up the whole petrol station?  Has this ever actually happened?  Or is it an urban myth?

Why can't I use my mobile phone in petrol stations?

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Re: Why can't you use a mobile phone at petrol stations?
« Reply #1 on: 02 October, 2017, 03:53:46 PM »
The thoughts go along the lines of using a phone may build up a static charge on yourself, which may cause a spark when you reach to the car to, for example, insert the nozzle in the fuel tank. Not sure there's been any documented instances of that and Mythbusters once did a skit whereby they filled a car/caravan with many phones and some flammable liquid and then rang the phones. No explosion ensued.

The irony is that many forecourt signs house mobile phone basestation antennae as they can be tucked away out of sight.

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Re: Why can't you use a mobile phone at petrol stations?
« Reply #2 on: 02 October, 2017, 04:03:16 PM »
The thoughts go along the lines of using a phone may build up a static charge on yourself, which may cause a spark when you reach to the car to, for example, insert the nozzle in the fuel tank. Not sure there's been any documented instances of that and Mythbusters once did a skit whereby they filled a car/caravan with many phones and some flammable liquid and then rang the phones. No explosion ensued.

The irony is that many forecourt signs house mobile phone basestation antennae as they can be tucked away out of sight.

 Gd_pst   But I don't think I'll trying using my phone near the nozzle. Just in case the rumours are true.
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