So pumping gas....we do it a million times. It becomes just another chore we have to do. Can I make it to work and home on what I have. Or do I have to go stand at the pump.

Have you ever thought how some of the things you do at the pump can actually be risky. It seems like that is kind of weird. But it can.

Have you ever thought about the static electricity factor? I didn't until my daughter decided to do a science project on that subject. I had no idea that if you got out of your car and don't touch you car first there could be that static electricity build up. If it sparks while enough fumes are in the air, it can start a fire. Scary stuff. I am much more careful when I go get gas now. I don't want that to be the way I go out!

We also have heard many times that it is dangerous to use your phone at the pump. This has not been proven. Not any more than us just being careless. It seems a lot of us get distracted when we are messing around with our phones and a lot of people end up driving away with the gas nozzle still in their car. Each time they admitted that their phone distracted just don't do it.

I am really guilty of this one. I like to top off my tank every time I go and get gas. I like that nice round number coming out of my account. I don't know why. I didn't know that was dangerous. Gas tends to expand once it is in your car. If your tank is too full, it can actually create a build-up in pressure and that can cause dangerous leaks. I guess I will start having those not so round numbers on the pump.

Another safety concern, especially for women. I don't know if this has been happening in Amarillo. It's always better to be safe than sorry. It's a smart idea to lock your door while you are out pumping gas. Criminals have been known to open up the passenger side and snag your purse. So even though I have not thought of that actually happening I don't want to become a statistic.

So when you are out filling up your tank make a conscious effort to avoid these things that can cause danger for you.


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