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one of the major causes of gas station
fires is static electricity build up from
getting into and out of cars. of course, i've
no actual proof to back this up, but that's
not important right now.
point is, gas pumps have little warning
stickers on them that say you shouldn't
car during the refueling
process, because static might build up and
ignite the gasoline. it seems to me that the
best way to combat this would be to erect
a brass sphere between each two pumps
that people are required to place their
hands on after exiting their vehicle. this
sphere would be grounded, and might
have a pleasing design etched around its
while at first people might be hesitant to
utilize this for fear of shocks, over time
this reaction can be quelled through the
use of a system of capacitance sensors in
the sphere that tell the pump to give you a
discount over the marked price of fuel.
Static Electricity Gas/Petrol Station Fires
- campaign for public awareness of same. Complete with video. (Don't worry, scary but not graphic.) [DrCurry, Jul 30 2006]
US patent 7013930
[xaviergisz, Jul 30 2006]
||Wouldn't that be a pump between
two brass spheres?