ESD-Caused Fires

While cellphones have been disproven to cause gas pump fires, ESD-caused fires do occur at regular intervals – as many as several hundred times per year, according to the ESD Association. As we approach the winter season, where, typically, we get lower humidity levels, we need to be extra careful about ESD discharges when filling our gas tanks. As a pilot, we were always cautioned to connect the earth lead from the pump to metal structure on the plane prior to fueling for just this reason.

I’ll describe a couple real events. more…

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