It’s time to bust some myths today. I’ve wondered, for the longest time, whether using your cell phone at the pump really is a safety issue. I myself have used it tons of times while filling up my tank, and I’ve still lived to tell the tale every time.
But, for the sake of my livelihood and the livelihood of many others who could be reading this, it’s time for me to look at the facts.
The short answer is no, it doesn’t.
The interesting part of this myth is its origin. In 1999, a rumor started circulating the internet about an incident in India where a driver got burned because of an “explosion” at the pump. It had something to do with gasoline fumes and cell phone use. The incident was never reported in local news outlets, and no similar stories popped up anywhere throughout the globe.
It’s easy to forget that cell phones are relatively new devices since we’re so used to them already. That’s why this myth may have taken hold.
Snopes reports the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) said:
“There is no evidence whatsoever that a wireless phone has ever caused ignition or explosion at a station anywhere in the world. Wireless phones don’t cause gas stations to blow up. Warnings being posted in petrol stations simply perpetuate the myth.”
So, it’s never actually happened, but could it?
There may be some danger, but no proven instances of this have ever been recorded. Even the guys at Mythbusters claimed it “busted.”