Originally Posted by TimHolt
With all that being said, has anyone actually heard of a fire occurring? I have read websites that have said the fridge bursts into flames as they drove down the highway....but never while refueling..
I think that's a good question. Anyone heard of it?
I'm not saying anyone should do it one way or another, you need to do what makes you feel safe and comfortable, but the potential for disaster seems very unlikely.
Mythbusters did a test on gas fumes a while back to determine whether a phone could ignite gas fumes at a filling station. From what I remember of the episode, they had to concentrate the fumes (in an enclosed space) at such a high level to get them to ignite. If you were there and the fumes were at the concentration necessary for ignition, you wouldn't be able to tolerate it for long, and you'd probably do more damage from the inhalation of the fumes. And even then they could only get them to do so with an actual spark, not a phone.
The second half of the piece:
A static spark directly at the source of the fumes is clearly a danger. Though even this may be minimized with the use of "vapor containment" technologies?
The fridge, being far away from the source of the fuel, and in a WELL ventilated area, should pose little risk of being an ignition source.
So, I would say that unless there is a HUGE concentration of fumes at the station (you wouldn't be able to breathe, and emergency personnel should be there or on their way), or the fridge is in VERY close proximity to the pump outlet (like directly above it?), there's probably not a huge likelihood of ignition?
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