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Old 05-27-2010, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Gasoline is very dangerous stuff.
I'd never leave a pump unattended.
While the odds of a fire are miniscule compared to the number of fill-ups per year, it's not something anyone other than a pyro wants to experience.

ESD Journal - gas pump fire static electricity
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:01 AM
 
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Considering all of the static electric charge creating clothing we wear and the cell phones most of us carry around I bet the risk of fire is lower when we aren't standing by the pump.
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Actually most references and studies conclude cell phones present little if any risk.

The Plan A method is, open hatch, fill up, return gas nozzle, close gas cap.

I recall seeing numerous gas stations in NH that had large fire extinguisher tanks above the gas pumps. Not a bad idea.

But a 1500 dollar fine is ridiculous. It's just another outrageous tax/power grab.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Live - VT, Work - MA
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Auto stops are inconsistent, not to mention they don't work on my diesel truck. I can usually fill up another 3-8 gallons via a trickle after the pump has shut off. The diesel pumps cause so much foam in my tank while filling that the foam activates the auto shut off even though I have a bout 40-120miles worth of fuel capacity still left to fill in the tank........

Leaving any pump unattended is rolling the dice, pump shut offs are just like any mechnical device, they fail occasionally.

$1500 fine is a little steep............
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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i agree it is not a good idea. this happens to me too often also.. logs and dogs i have noticed that slow pumps are less likely to auto shut off at the right time.
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