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Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:06:39 PM »
Let me start by saying that for my job I work with very large quantities of highly flammable solvents and adhesives so I'm well trained in bonding and grounding.


That being said, I should have known the potential here but having never seen it, wasn't expecting it.


Tonight at the pump the glove lead from my jacket liner touched the bare metal at the rim of the gas tank as I was putting the nozzle in to fill the Ural.


ZOT a decent blue static spark right at the opening of the tank.


A- I'm lucky there was very little fuel and the cap had been off for a bit and B- the temperature was only 28°f so the flash point was decreased.


I was very lucky.


Carry on, have a great day.




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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2020, 08:37:18 PM »
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2020, 08:43:26 PM »
I used to know someone who worked as a nurse at the Sherman Oaks burn ward. Glad you didn't end up in a similar facility.

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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2020, 08:44:37 PM »
Same here.  Thanks for the reminder- glad you're here to warn us.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2020, 09:06:07 PM »
This time all you got was a warning.

But if you keep messin' with Bubbles' screen name and avatar...

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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2020, 09:45:43 PM »
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2020, 10:20:46 PM »
Glad you're still with us.  Such a small easy thing to forget about with big potential consequences.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2020, 04:31:25 AM »
This time all you got was a warning.

But if you keep messin' with Bubbles' screen name and avatar...

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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2020, 05:09:41 AM »
Knew a guy who had a similar experience welding a motorcycle tank.  Deliberately let it vent, but somehow some fumes remained.  Not a big explosion, but tank was ruined and he had to change his shorts.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2020, 07:04:15 AM »
Knew a guy who had a similar experience welding a motorcycle tank.  Deliberately let it vent, but somehow some fumes remained.  Not a big explosion, but tank was ruined and he had to change his shorts.

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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2020, 07:50:38 AM »
Glad you're still with us, that could have made for a bad day.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2020, 08:17:40 AM »
Never even thought of that. Thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2020, 08:33:47 AM »
Thanks for the reminder, happy to hear nothing more happened. This is also a good time to remind people not to fill plastic gas tanks in the back of a pickup, always set them on the ground.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2020, 08:45:12 AM »
Wouldn't a full tank be safer than a nearly-empty one? I think it being open for a while played the bigger roll in the good outcome.


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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2020, 09:20:58 AM »
Static is very dangerous, I have seen gas cans, people fueling cars motorcycles all go whoosh because of static electricity. A good practice is to bare handed touch the side metal of the pump( not the nozzle) before opening the fuel cap or dispensing fuel. The gas pump frame and housing  is grounded to discharge and eliminate static  . Sliding across your car or truck seat can build enough to get a flash, its no joke, and I helped put out more than a few of these fires.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2020, 09:23:21 AM »
Wouldn't a full tank be safer than a nearly-empty one? I think it being open for a while played the bigger roll in the good outcome.
You are correct, the fumes are the danger, the amount that lingered was below the flash point, depending on weather , it might have been worse to leave it vent.
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2020, 01:04:30 PM »
Let me start by saying that for my job I work with very large quantities of highly flammable solvents and adhesives so I'm well trained in bonding and grounding.


That being said, I should have known the potential here but having never seen it, wasn't expecting it.


Tonight at the pump the glove lead from my jacket liner touched the bare metal at the rim of the gas tank as I was putting the nozzle in to fill the Ural.


ZOT a decent blue static spark right at the opening of the tank.


A- I'm lucky there was very little fuel and the cap had been off for a bit and B- the temperature was only 28°f so the flash point was decreased.


I was very lucky.


Carry on, have a great day.




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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2020, 07:51:37 PM »
Nice to hear the cookie did not crumble, static discharge can be quite dangerous when fueling vehicles.
Consider putting a grounding strap on the hack  (https://www.amazon.com/Gates-90330-Static-Rubber-Length/dp/B000CRBR8U?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duckduckgo-d-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B000CRBR8U)

and if all else fails consider reading the warnings on the fuel pump about static discharge. Yes there are warnings on the fuel pumps, next time you are filling up take a look. 

I see the less encumbered folks starting the pump, stuffing it in the filler neck than hopping back into the car to get the next Serotonin hit from their cell phones. Someday they might not be soo lucky when  the spark hits.

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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2020, 08:08:42 PM »
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Re: Wow! That was close. A PSA on static discharge.
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2020, 08:34:42 PM »
If Bubbles could only change your avatar to Sparkie.

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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2020, 10:20:41 AM »
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« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2020, 07:08:22 PM »
Guess what day it is?? 

Static electricity day 

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/static-electricity-day

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