Do you turn cellphone off when filling gas?

Philippines
November 11, 2008 6:20pm CST
There's a sign in every gasoline station to turn cellphone off when filling gas for safety measures. This may trigger explosion. I often see people even talk on the phone while filling. I don't turn mine off. How about you?
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@malfaiate (114)
• Portugal
12 Nov 08
i don't, but i saw on mythbuster that you ned 53 phones on ate the same time and reciveing a call...
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Oh, is that really the case. Glad to hear. Maybe I don't have to turn off my cell every time then.
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• United States
12 Nov 08
I do not turn my cell phone off when I am pumping gas. I use a blue tooth anyway and I do not think it will do any harm. I do not believe that the usage of cell phones, if you are already talking with someone, will be dangerous. Yet, to be on the safe side, it might be more helpful to use a blue tooth or a headset when talking on the cell phone at the gas station.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I suppose, I'm guilty of this. I didn't even know that there were signs that told you to turn off your cellphone. Guess I don't pay enough attention. Even though it isn't turned off, I usually don't talk on it when I'm filling my gas tank. I spend that time cleaning out my car and washing the windows. But I will take precaution in the future.
@kaka135 (14066)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 08
I've read those kinds of news happened around, though I still see people talking on the phone while filling the gas. I don't turn off my cellphone, but I don't use it. Even if there's incoming calls, I'd just reject the calls.
• United States
12 Nov 08
This is clearly lively discussion, and from all the responses I've read, it seems that the majority of people do not turn their phones off when pumping gas, however they might be more inclined to just leave their phones in the car. I myself have never seen any sign to turn OFF your cell phone, I have just seen recommendations to not use your cell phone while pumping gas, for fear of signals causing an 'explosion.' However, I recently saw on Mythbusters (lol, my excuse and argument counter to everything) that talking on your cell phone had no real effect to whether the gas pump exploded or not. If I recall correctly, it took a LOT to get the pump to explode, but I don't recall if it ever actually did or not.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I haven't seen one of those signs in a long time around here. I think that theory of a cell phone touching off an explosion has been tested and proved to be false. No I do not turn mine off.
• United States
12 Nov 08
I do not talk on the phone while getting gas. I used to do something much worse though. I used to smoke while filling up. I do not do that anymore. I guess I thought I was invincible. i know better now but back then I was just crazy.
@mokbul (616)
• Singapore
12 Nov 08
I really don't do it, I forget. Thanks for starting the discussion, it is a good remineder.
@Blondie2222 (22388)
• United States
12 Nov 08
No I never turn myself off. I just leave it in my purse...I always turn my car off though when I get gas. I see alot of ppl that leave their car running while fillin their gas I heard that is dangerous too.
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I'm guilty of not turning my cell phone off when I'm filling up my car. I don't talk on it, though. When I'm about to drive into a gas station, whoever I'm on the phone with, I tell them that I'll call them back when I'm done at the gas station. I do know that they do want you to turn your cell phone off because of the electric statics that can trigger a spark in rare occations.
• United States
12 Nov 08
I don't turn mine off I leave it in the car though. I have also seen others who don't obey these rules and even talk on them. Even more outragous is someone smoking while getting gas, they don't take into full consideration what the outcome could be. I seen some videos on a show most outrageous videos, where just not grounding your body out properly discharging the static electricity while pumping gas lead to a big explosion right in the guys face,a terrifying thought.
• United States
12 Nov 08
I leave mine in the car while I am filling up the gas tank, but I don't turn it off. There are also often signs that tell you not to open your car door while you're filling up the tank, but I almost always do that!
• United States
12 Nov 08
lol no i dont turn off my phone i only just noticed thoes i think its funny that they are there
• India
12 Nov 08
As a safety measure it is our duty to obey the rules and if there is real danger in using cell phones in gasoline station,then such activities should be banned.If any one violating this rule should be fined.