- Gas Tank Fire
- Static as a Source of Ignition
- Fail Safe Equipment
- Emergency Response
- Further Information
Static electricity is a common cause of ignition in industrial facilities, particularly when loading and unloading tank cars and trucks with non-conductive liquids.
Gas Tank Fire
The dangers of static electricity are illustrated in this video oin which the gas tank of a car caught fire. (The fire ignites at 0:59.)
The lady got in and out of her car a number of times. In doing so, she created a static charge on her clothing. She then touched the handle of the gasoline hose. A spark was generated and the vapors around the nozzle were ignited.
There are at least three lessons that can be taken away from this event — one of them is to do with unsafe behavior, but the other two are more positive.
Static as a Source of Ignition
The immediate lesson is obvious: the lady filling her car should not have moved around while filling the vehicle’s fuel tank. In particular she should not have made contact with non-conductive surfaces such as her car seat. Static electricity is a common cause of ignition in industrial facilities, particularly when loading and unloading tank cars and trucks with non-conductive liquids. It is essential that all equipment be properly grounded.
Some fueling stations provide a static discharge feature, as shown.
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