March 18, 2011

Irrational Fear #2
Bursting Into Flames

Remember this post where I talked about my irrational totally sensible fear of cruise ships? Well, I figured I'd share another one of my crazy fears.


It happens people. You get out of your car, your clothes are charged up with static electricity and you damn near implode when you touch the gas pump. A couple of years ago, I saw several news stories over the course of a few weeks where people were either severely injured or died from this. Until then, the thought had never crossed my mind. No one warned me of the dangers.

The static electricity in your clothes and on your person can ignite when they meet gas fumes in the air. Experts suggest you touch a piece of metal, like your car, before grabbing the pump. I do this every single time I pump gas even it's 100 degrees outside, and I'm in my bikini. Because that's just how I roll. And, no matter how cold I am, I never get back in my car while the gas is still pumping. If you do, you're a big dummy with a love of pyrotechnics, burning flesh and death.

Had you heard this scary stuff before?

Do you touch a piece of metal before you pump gas?

Do you think I'm a crazy loon?


Anonymous said...

I remember when those stories were all over the news and I was so crazy about not getting back in the car and touching metal and everything else I had heard could keep me safe, but honestly somewhere in between then and now, it left my mind! Thanks for the reminder!! :)

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

Wait you pump gas in a bikini? [I just gave you the man reaction to this post did I?]

I always worry about stuff like this too - and I hate when I see people smoking while pumping gas. Although I have to say the scariest thing to ever hit a gas pump and my life was when the DC Snipper was on the loose. NOT fun!!! I went to a concert in DC during all that and had to stop to get gas I was SO worried I might get shot I nearly wet myself @ the pump!!!

Better safe than sorry - no one ever died from being to cautious did they?

Ashley said...

I worry about this too!! I touch my car door before I touch the pump, I don't get back in my car, and I don't use my cell phone. I thought I was probably a bit crazy, so I'm glad I'm not the only person who gets nervous about this!

AMY said...

OMG....I've never heard of this before?!?!?
But now I'm sure I'll think of it NOW...LOL!

But hey I live in Minnesota and I don't care how dangerous it is....I will get back into my car when the gas is pumping (in the winter at least)!
Great post...and thanks for the new anxiety! Ha!

Dana said... are not crazy!!! I thought I was the only one with this fear LOL! I remember hearing a bunch of those stories awhile back and ever since have been freaked out! Now since we moved back to OR we don't get to pump our own gas, the lovely attendant does. So my nerves have eased some. I NEVER got back in my car until it was done pumping.

Anonymous said...

LOL...I'm laughing WITH you! YES-I think about these random things all the time!

I have a huge phobia of putting air in my tires, because I think they'll burst and render me deaf. No joke.

So thanks a lot...I won't be able to buy gas now either. ;)

Great blog!

TLF said...

Yes, I've heard this before. Yes, I touch my car. Yes, I think you're a crazy loon. Duh, Winning!

Julie Leah said...

Oh snap! This had never EVER occurred to me, however, from now on I will have the same irrational fear. Paranoia on overload.

Shelley said...

I actually forgot about this! Thanks for the reminder!

stephanie said...

Ok I've never heard of that before but thanks to you now I'll probably be neurotic about it. Cool.

Liz said...

I'm right there with you. My brother was on his way to visit us from Jacksonville, FL and stopped to pump gas at some random Walmart along the way. The lady at the pump next to him was on her cell phone while pumping gas and caught on fire... just like that.

My brother said it was out of nowhere, one second she's fine, the next she's having to stop, drop and roll cause she's ON FIRE!!!

Ever since, seeing people on their phones while pumping gas really freaks me out! So no, you're not THAT crazy!

Deidre said...

I've been doing this since I learned how to drive. My dad gave me clear instructions on the dangers of pumping gas!

I don't think you're crazy at all.

Olivia Carter said...

You know I also forgot about this. I'm kind of crazy like that about jumping a car. I'm sure at any moment the battery will explode & spray battery acid at my face. I actually shield my face while I'm doing it.

I am afraid of cannibals. No really, they TOTALLY freak me out. If it's a movie or anything I am traumatized by even a mention of it. Do you remember the scene in Meet the Faulkers or the second one- where his forskin falls in the fondue. That was unintentional cannibalistic like & I literally almost barfed all over the theater floor. I won't go see another Faulker movie now either.

I might win the weirdo award!

SharleneT said...

This is not an irrational fear -- it happens. And, it's the same with smokers who fill lawn mowers with gas while smoking a cigarette. My boyfriend's died that way. He had the cigarette in his mouth, was filling the tank, and it just exploded, covering him in fire and killing him in the most awful way. We like to think we're immortal and bad things happen to other people. Well, that's what you are to other people, the one bad things happen to, so you should always be careful. Thanks for the reminder... Come visit when you can.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I've seen videos of this happening to people and it freaks me right out. Not to the point of obsessing over it, but I am definitely careful and I never, ever get back in my car while pumping gas.

Impulsive Addict said...

Yes, I HAVE heard this before. I also heard talking on the phone is a no-no at the pump. SCARY STUFF!

Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket} said...

Oh my goodness, now I have something else to worry about! I was already worried that my cell phone was going to cause a fire at the pump, eek!

Anonymous said...

I'm not QUITE as crazy as you, but I will NOT talk on my phone while pumping gas because I heard that will light you up too (from now on I will touch my car before I pump and think of you)

Mrs. Match said...

I touch metal, but I still get into my car, especially if it's crazy cold outside. I like to live dangerously.