5 Will Drive -
Gas Pump Safety Lesson
What’s up? It’s Carter. This week I taught my family a pretty important lesson when we stopped to fill the car with gas. I got out to pump the gas and, even though it was freezing cold, I stayed outside as the tank filled. After I grabbed the receipt and climbed back in the car, my family was laughing and teasing me. They thought it was funny, and a little bit crazy, that I stood outside to wait for the tank to fill up instead of climbing back in the warm car. I told them that’s what you’re supposed to do. I don’t think they believed me until we researched it online. It said never leave your gas pump unattended. It’s unsafe because a) you could spill gas and b) a build-up of static electricity can be caused by getting back in your car during fueling, especially in cool, cold and dry weather. The static could combine with the gas vapors to create a fire. The safest choice is to wait by the gas pump while you fuel your car no matter the season. Now who’s laughing?!? You’re welcome!