PEI: Stop Static Campaign & Safe Refueling Guidelines

   The American Petroleum Institute and the Petroleum Equipment Institute
   Media Release from September 13, 2002, are advising the public on how
   to avoid potential problems with static electricity at the gas pump.
   The groups also are encouraging motorists to follow all safe refueling
   practices with every fill-up.

   Three Quick Rules for Safely Refueling While filling up...
       a) Turn Off Engine
       b) Don't Smoke
       c) Never Re-enter Your Vehicle

   See below for the complete:
   Safe Refueling And Fuel Handling Guidelines For Consumers


   Stop Static is a public safety campaign intended to increase awareness
   of the potential danger posed by the discharge of static electricity.
   PEI and API have joined forces to offer consumers their Safe Refueling

   In January of 2000 the Petroleum Equipment Institute began a process
   of documenting automotive refueling fires. This was prompted by a
   sharp increase of incidents that could not be attributed to a running
   engine or cigarette smoking, the leading known causes of such fires.

   To date over 150 refueling fires have been documented that appear to
   be caused by a discharge of static electricity.


                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
   Susan L. Hahn
   hahns at
                                            Petroleum Equipment Institute

                                                            Robert Renkes
                                                       rrenkes at

   September 2002

              Stop Static and Refuel Safely with Every Fill-up

   WASHINGTON, September 23 - The American Petroleum Institute and the
   Petroleum Equipment Institute announced today they are joining
   together beginning with National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12,
   to remind motorists how to avoid potential problems with static
   electricity at the gas pump. The groups also are encouraging motorists
   to follow all safe refueling practices with every fill-up.

   Fall brings cool, dry air to many parts of the country - the typical
   climatic conditions when static electricity build-up is most likely to
   occur. Static electricity may build up when a motorist re-enters the
   vehicle during fueling. When the motorist then returns to the vehicle
   fill pipe during or at the end of refueling, the static may discharge
   at the fill point, potentially causing a flash fire or a small
   sustained fire with gasoline refueling vapors.

   Static electricity-related fires at retail gasoline outlets are
   extremely unusual, according to API and PEI, but in rare
   circumstances, these incidents have caused a few injuries and property

   The primary way consumers can avoid static electricity problems at the
   gas pump is to stay outside the vehicle while refueling. It may be a
   temptation to get back in the car when its cold, or for any number of
   reasons. But the average fill-up takes only two minutes, and staying
   outside the vehicle will greatly minimize the likelihood of any
   build-up of static electricity that could be discharged at the nozzle.

   In the rare event a motorist experiences a fire when refueling, leave
   the nozzle in the fill pipe of your vehicle and back away from the
   vehicle. Notify the station attendant immediately to shut off all
   dispensing devices and pumps with emergency controls. If the facility
   is unattended, use the emergency shutdown button to shut off the pump
   and use the emergency intercom to summon help. Leaving the pump nozzle
   in the vehicle will prevent any fire from becoming much more

   Motorists who cannot avoid getting back into the vehicle during
   refueling should discharge any static away from the fill point upon
   exiting the car before going back to the pump nozzle. Static may
   safely be discharged by touching a metal part of the vehicle, such as
   the vehicle door, or some other metal surface, with a bare hand.

   Consumers can minimize these and other potential fueling hazards by
   following safe refueling procedures all year long. For more
   information on avoiding potential problems with static electricity
   build-up at the pump, and other safe motor fuel refueling, storage and
   handling guidelines see APIs web site at, and
   PEIs web site at

   The joint public awareness campaign by API and PEI will include
   distribution of audio and video news releases on avoiding potential
   static problems. These broadcast releases are planned for distribution
   to television and radio news outlets nationwide for use in October.
   Similar news advisories including additional safe refueling and fuel
   handling guidelines will be distributed to a variety of magazines and
   newspapers for use during the last quarter of the year.

   Public awareness information also will be introduced in a special
   education program for attendees at the Petroleum Equipment Institutes
   annual convention and trade show October 5-8 at the Orange County
   Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. PEI's Convention is being held
   concurrently with the National Association of Convenience Stores
   (NACS) annual trade show, The NACS Show, also at the Orange County
   Convention Center. Approximately 25,000 attendees are expected for
   that combined three-day event which is the convenience store and
   petroleum marketing industrys largest trade show. PEIs special
   education sessions, including the Focus on Static session, will be
   open to this targeted audience which includes wholesale and retail
   gasoline station owners and operators nationwide. About 80 percent of
   the motor fuels sold in the U.S. are purchased at convenience stores.


   Here are consumer refueling and fuel safety guidelines that will help
   keep you and your family safe when refueling your vehicle or filling
   up gasoline storage containers:
     * Turn off your vehicle engine while refueling. Put your vehicle in
       park and/or set the emergency brake. Disable or turn off any
       auxiliary sources of ignition such as a camper or trailer heater,
       cooking units, or pilot lights.
     * Do not smoke, light matches or lighters while refueling at the
       pump or when using gasoline anywhere else.
     * Use only the refueling latch provided on the gasoline dispenser
       nozzle, never jam the refueling latch on the nozzle open.
     * Do not re-enter your vehicle during refueling.
     * In the unlikely event a static-caused fire occurs when refueling,
       leave the nozzle in the fill pipe and back away from the vehicle.
       Notify the station attendant immediately.
     * Do not over-fill or top-off your vehicle tank, which can cause
       gasoline spillage.
     * Avoid prolonged breathing of gasoline vapors. Use gasoline only in
       open areas that get plenty of fresh air. Keep your face away from
       the nozzle or container opening.
     * When dispensing gasoline into a container, use only an approved
       portable container and place it on the ground when refueling to
       avoid a possible static electricity ignition of fuel vapors.
       Containers should never be filled while inside a vehicle or its
       trunk, the bed of a pickup truck or the floor of a trailer.
     * Only store gasoline in approved containers as required by federal
       or state authorities. Never store gasoline in glass or any other
       unapproved containers.
     * When filling a portable container, manually control the nozzle
       valve throughout the filling process. Fill a portable container
       slowly to decrease the chance of static electricity buildup and
       minimize spilling or splattering.
     * Fill container no more than 95 percent full to allow for
     * Place cap tightly on the container after filling - do not use
       containers that do not seal properly.
     * If gasoline spills on the container, make sure that it has
       evaporated before you place the container in your vehicle. Report
       spills to the attendant.
     * When transporting gasoline in a portable container make sure it is
       secured against tipping and sliding, and never leave it in direct
       sunlight or in the trunk of a car.
     * Never siphon gasoline by mouth nor put gasoline in your mouth for
       any reason. Gasoline can be harmful or fatal if swallowed. If
       someone swallows gasoline, do not induce vomiting. Contact a
       doctor immediately.
     * Keep gasoline away from your eyes and skin; it may cause
       irritation. Remove gasoline-soaked clothing immediately.
     * Use gasoline as a motor fuel only. Never use gasoline to wash your
       hands or as a cleaning solvent.

   For more information, please visit

   PEI: Stop Static Central Public Safety Campaign
   PEI: Stop Static Media Releases
   PEI: Safe Refueling and Fuel Handling Guidelines for Consumers

   For more information, please contact

   Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI)
   Robert Renkes, Press Release
   Tel +1 918 494 9696
   E-mail:  rrenkes at

   American Petroleum Institute (API)
   Susan L. Hahn, Press Release
   Tel +1 202 682 8118
   E-mail:  hahns at

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