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An Australian man almost became a candidate for the Darwin Awards when he decided to test his lighter while filling up his car at a gas station.

Predictably, the fuel ignited and a fire began rapidly spreading. Fortunately, a quick thinking attendant shut off the gas flow and called authorities while a motorist at another pump doused the flames with water, averting disaster.

Now, we're sure that you know better than to do something like this, but this should serve as a reminder to all of us that gas stations are places to practice safety first. Here are some tips to help you out:

1. Do not smoke where gasoline is handled or stored.

You saw what happened to the gentleman in the video above when he tested his lighter. Just don't do it. Wait ten minutes until you're done at the gas station and then light up.

2. Do not use cell phones or other electronic devices while refueling.

Electronic devices can emit electrical charges while they are in use, which could potentially ignite the gasoline fumes around the nozzle. Leave them in the car until you've finished filling up.

3. Do not reenter your car while refueling.

Getting in and out of your car can cause static electricity to build up in your body, especially when in cold climates. If you have to reenter your car, make sure to get rid of that excess charge by touching a metallic part on the outside of your vehicle before you remove the nozzle.

4. Do not top-off.

Gas pumps are programmed to shut off when the tank is full. Don't overdo it and risk a spill.

5. If a fire occurs, leave the nozzle in the fill pipe.

In the event of a flash fire, don't try to remove the nozzle. Just back away from your vehicle and notify the attendent so they can shut off the flow of gasoline. If no attendent is available, there will be an emergency intercom that you can use to call for help.


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      junky55
      • 2 Years Ago
      This was natures way of culling the herd. Anyone that dumb gets what they get.
      RAUL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Giv him the OSCAR TO STUPIDITY.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has got top the list on here's your sign moments. There are signs posted at gas stations. They warn you of possible danger. If you fail to read them are you can't read them, find someone who can help. This is just a sign of lack of responsibility. There i say again. HERE'S YOUR SIGN.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      She's a cutie!
      wildoldwolf2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well ,at least he did not do it when children was nearby or inside the car...If God indeed is involved in it, I hope it will serve as a lesson to him –but who knows!..
      susan
      • 2 Years Ago
      There should be an IQ test for drivers..This guy has one at about 65.....
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must have been one of them dingbat liberals.
      1 Evil Brat
      • 2 Years Ago
      There are idiots ~ then there are people like HIM. Glad he is in Australia. The U.S, has enough already. Glad he is okay though - - - - - the dummy.
      auntiem30sure
      • 2 Years Ago
      The god's as well as the fire extinguisher were at his side... Dumbass
      larry
      • 2 Years Ago
      This guy must be one of Obama's administration advisors.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @larry
        o'yah larry? sounded like the UK to me *******
          • 2 Years Ago
          Australian man.. phone acting up.. still a ******* comment.. sour pug ;^p
      GAIL
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was at Dunkin Donuts drive thru-located in a mini mart. While sitting at the window I saw 2 women at the gas pump. One was pumping gas and the other in the drivers seat. Then the driver got out ( it was 92 degrees and 84% humidity at 3:00pm) LIT A CIGARETTE STARTED PUFFING AND DECIDED TO WALK OVER TO THE WOMAN PUMPING TO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON!!!! Just when I think I have seen it all----I haven't! I could not get out of there fast enough. Think she had a death wish or something and was taking all of us with her on that day. Luckily nothing serious happened-JUST FRIGHTENING THOUGH-You can't fix stupid-
      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is wrong with people today? Nobody got any sense?
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