By Steve Fowler, Fowler
Oil Company will become the first in the nation to make vehicle
re-fueling more safe by placing these decals on all pumps. They
should be in place in a few weeks. These decals are made by 5
TAU, LLC in Miami and are called "StaTouch"*.
The new static dissipative labels are not just a warning label.
They provide a method to gently get rid of a person's static with
little or no spark. This makes discharging one's static safe and
decals are a result of Stewart Spink's continuing efforts to make
the act of refueling a vehicle as safe as possible. After our
series on vehicle refueling fires
and the media coverage of several fires, SPINX and 5 Tau worked
together to get a static safe label in place to not only warn
the refueling public of the dangers but to give a visible place
for them to discharge their static before going to the nozzle
area. The sign is made from static dissipative material which
is bonded to the dispensing pump thus allowing the static charges
on person to be gently taken away
with no spark!
At almost 80 stations around South
Carolina and North Carolina, SPINX will place about 1500 static
dissipative warning labels.
These will warn about the main
points of refueling dangers:
1. Discharge your static each time
you approach the nozzle.
2. In case of fire, do not pull the
nozzle out of the car.
3. Get away - get help - to shut
off fuel and fight fire.
SPINX will also have the nozzle covers
labeled with a warning to not remove the nozzle in case of fire.
With the efforts of SPINX and Patlon,
there should be less fires at the pump and no injuries. If we
all follow their lead, we can make refueling a safer act.
Other articles on Refueling Fires:
at the Pump