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Q: Mobile phone use at a garage ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Mobile phone use at a garage
Category: Science
Asked by: vodkarevolution-ga
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Posted: 07 Jan 2004 15:03 PST
Expires: 06 Feb 2004 15:03 PST
Question ID: 294170
Why can't you use your mobile phone at a garage whilst filling up with petrol?
Subject: Re: Mobile phone use at a garage
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 07 Jan 2004 16:22 PST
Hi there,

With older model phones there was a tiny possibility that a stray
spark could ignite some fuel and blow up a gas station / petrol
station / servo / garage.

Some phone manufacturers mentioned in their manuals that you shoudn't
operate your phone at a gas station, while also warning about using it
near other "potentially explosive" areas.

But basically there is no evidence of a phone ever causing an
explosion at a gas station, and it is mostly just urban myth and
unjustified paranoia.

Here are some articles on the matter:

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association - It's a myth

It's a hoax

Some substance to it

They tested it on TV

A technical look

Search keywords: "mobile phone" "petrol station"

Best wishes,
Subject: Re: Mobile phone use at a garage
From: nfpolaris-ga on 08 Jan 2004 16:10 PST
I just saw this week a show about this very subject...Myth /busters
actually put it to the is the link, i know it doesn't
have the answer on it (too soon for them to post the findings, since
it's still airing i guess) but they did all the tests & fire....that my was busted!!
Subject: Re: Mobile phone use at a garage
From: iang-ga on 09 Jan 2004 01:10 PST
Way back when, UK petrol stations had a problem with CB radios
interfering with the pumps' metering systems - in the customers'
favour. I'd always assumed (yes, I know!) that there was a similar
concern with mobile phones.

Ian G.

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