“US­ING YOUR PHONE AT THE PETROL STA­TION COULD CAUSE AN EX­PLO­SION”

How It Works - - TRANSPORT MYTHS -

Mobile phones have been held ac­count­able for caus­ing hor­rific ac­ci­dents, but much like the sto­ries of crash­ing planes, ex­plod­ing petrol sta­tions are also a myth. There is ab­so­lutely no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to sug­gest that emit­ted ra­di­a­tion from a mobile phone can ig­nite gaso­line vapours, but the ru­mour was prop­a­gated with the best of in­ten­tions.

Phone man­u­fac­tur­ers started this by printing warn­ings about phone use near gaso­line in user man­u­als, and in re­sponse to this, oil com­pa­nies re­acted with cau­tion, with both in­dus­tries work­ing to­gether to en­force some­thing they felt would pro­tect peo­ple. But, once ev­i­dence had come to light to dis­prove the fire the­ory, petrol sta­tions that chose to keep the ‘phones off’ rule did so be­cause they’re an un­wanted dis­trac­tion, rather than a dan­ger.

Us­ing your mobile phone at a petrol sta­tion will not cause it to ex­plode

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