This is a chain e-mail. It first appeared in May 2002.
Please read! This is an actual happening in Cape
Girardeau. The wonder is that more people are not killed this way.
The incident with Lisa Scherer is true and happened in Cape Girardeau at the
Huck's convenient store just a few weeks ago. Please be aware of this. Lisa
Scherer did not have her two babies with her but she did have an older
daughter that had gone in to get a soda. It was truly a miracle that no one
Hazard at Gas Pumps Date:
Tue, 16 Apr 2002 00:24:25 +0000
Hello everyone, I just had an interesting call
from Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute. Mr. Renkes was calling all
the Scherer's in Oran trying to reach Lisa Scherer - the one whose van burnt
at Hucks. The company he works for is on a campaign to try and make people
aware of fires as a result of "static" at gas pumps. His company has
researched 150 cases of these fires. His results were very surprising to me:
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting
back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When
finished they went back to pull the nozzle out the fire started, as a
result of static.
3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until
completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas.
6) It's the vapors that come out of the gas that
cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
7) Several of the 150 cases (not nearly all, but
several) involved 1994 Dodge Caravans. (They don't know why, possibly more
static). After finding out that I usually go back in the van while I am
filling the it with gas, Mr. Renkes stressed to me NEVER do that. If you
absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you
get out, close the door, TOUCHING THE METAL,
before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will
be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle. As I mentioned earlier, The
Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are
really trying to make the public aware of this danger. You can find out more
information by going to www.pei.org . Once here, click in the center of the
screen where it says "Stop Static".
The most telling section of the report is the following which clearly shows that
there is no scientific proof to this theory: "The author of this report
is not an expert on static electricity. It does appear to many people in the
industry, however, that electrostatic charging was the probable cause of the
If you receive a message about this then please ignore it and don't pass it on as this only serves to propagate
it when a bit of common sense is all that is needed.