5 Very Important Rules of Gas Stations We Should NOT Break

Not only drivers should be aware of the warning signs printed all over the gasoline station – everybody should. We must take extra precautions when entering a gas or filling station. These stations are dangerous not only to you but to everybody present on the place. One simple careless mistake can blow the gas station and burn many people alive.

What are the basic and very important rules of gas/filling stations?


  1. NO SMOKING
  2. TURN OFF ENGINE WHILE FILLING
  3. TURN OFF YOUR CELLPHONES
  4. USE APPROPRIATE CONTAINERS ONLY
  5. NO STRADDLING WHILE FILLING


Since there’s an increase occurrence of static-related fires, gasoline stations post warnings about the don’ts when refueling. Static electricity is one of the most common causes of fires and movement is the most common generator of static.

It is prohibited to use open flames and mobile phones while on the filling station because of the risk of igniting gasoline vapor.

A running vehicle while filling it with gas can present numbers of “ignition sources” for fuel vapor.

There are also cases of incident that people uses mobile phones on gas stations were burned to death or suffered burns while their vehicle was severely damaged.

Mobile phone companies print on their mobile phone handbook guide not to use the product when inside chemical factories, gas stations or fuel storage sites because of its capacity to ignite a spark. This can be generated by the high-powered battery inside the mobile phones.

Using containers not appropriate for gas, diesels and fuels can make these gases escape and may be hazardous to health. Most fuel containers are designed to fill until 80% so to allow expansion of gases based on temperature change.

One must only use containers that are securable to prevent it from being tampered and have a proper lids and seals to prevent leaks and spills.

If you refuel containers, make sure that items are removed from the vehicle and placed on the ground.

This issue is not very new to us and I know that people were all aware that gas/fuels combine with fire or electricity can really make a spark and worst-case scenario, can blow up a filling station.

But why there are many drivers not following those very, very simple and basic rules when refueling?

I have experienced it countless of times when we had to drop by at a gas station to refuel and the driver just kept the engine running while the station employee refuel the vehicle. Some passengers would make a text or calls same time.

Come on, can’t you do your text and calls later on? We’re not going to stay at this station for years, only minutes. There were signs posted but they were just like blinds that you have to hit their heads first.

Even common sense would tell us to turn off the cell phones or stop the engine first.

Nevertheless, even stations employees never asked drivers to turn off their engine first before they can refill the tank. They should be taught to ask drivers politely as well as passengers’ to avoid the risk of fire.

I believe that the employees should be trained first on dos and don’ts while serving a customer refilling his tank. But countless of times I’ve been experiencing these scenarios and nobody dared to ask or inform their customers.

They should be the one to proactively advise preventive measures while on the gas station.

Passengers should also act quickly when he knows or sees someone using mobile phones inside the vehicle. They could ask politely to turn it off first.

Anyway, it’s just a matter of minutes before the vehicle will hit the road again.They should also inform drivers that it’s prohibited to leave the engine running while refilling as it may cause a spark.

Failure to enforce these standards to motorists would be like a failure to their duty to maintain a safe and danger-free workplace for customers.

Safety standard should be reminded to every customer so as to ensure we are not endangering any lives.

Everybody should really follow these simple rules of gas stations to avoid injury and deaths of innocents’ people who might happen to be in the place. It’s a very simple act and may save lives.

It is better that we always follow rules for our own safety. It’s not only yourself you’re endangering but the lives of others too who might want to live. We should not forget that gas stations are potentially dangerous place.

Don’t take risks when you know that it can happen. It’s better to be safe than sorry. One careless mistake can really endanger a life. Always take responsibility of your actions to avoid accidents.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

So very true about the safeties of the proper use at gas stations. I have to tell you that I too have seen so many of these things occur at the gas station when I am filling up. It truly does amaze me both between the person putting gas in the car, as as the gas station attendee and do agree that they should definitely have to go through some proper training to run a gas station. Thanks for sharing this one and have also voted up, shared and tweeted too!


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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Following the rules is always the best way. This is really very useful and I do hope all drivers can read this. They should understand the danger of using their phones , not turning off the engines and not using the correct containers in fueling their cars.

Voted up and more.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Wow, Myz. I think the most difficult one for people to obey is the cellphone rule. We are all so addicted to our phones that we can't turn them off, but if they are used while at a gas station they can easily cause an explosion!! Thanks for sharing!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I think I do most of these things correctly, but I certainly had not thought about the dangers. This is an excellent reminder or how quickly things can go bad. Voted up, useful, interesting.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Janine. Definitely, they should be trained properly and make it as a standard to ask drivers on turning off their engines for safety. Thank you for all the shared!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Meldz. youa re correct, we should always follow rules not only for ourselves but for the sake of others too who might be involved. I can say, they never really dont care if they break those rules.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi michelle. thank you so much for sharing this and commenting. Yeah, that's the hardest thing to do for some people. But I do hope they would also consider the consequences of using it during refilling.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Pamela! thank you so much for stopping by. Gas Stations are very dangerous place. it can blow on one careless mistake and would injure many lives. I do hope that passengers would also be aware and be proactive to ask others not to break rules.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Automobile dealership service departments love it when you keep your vehicle running with an open gas tank. Since the systems are now vacuum systems, this creates a break in the suction and causes the "Check Engine" light to illuminate on the dash. Most will charge $50-$75 to reset your system. It's a quick buck for them. Good Job!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent rules! Also don't allow children to "help you" pump the gas because before you know it you might be wearing some gasoline. That's not a good scent to be wearing. Great hub M!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend M. Great well written hub with very valuable rules and advice to assure our safety and others at gas stations .

Vote up and more !!!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

It amazes me that new York is the only state that I am aware of in America that will not let you pump your own gas. Since it is so dangerous, why are there no longer attendants doing this on a regular basis?


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I would think people should know these rules especially given how much gas is at a premium. Great tips!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Very important and interesting Hub. In your list of "don'ts" what does the term "straddling" mean. If it means what I think, why would that be dangerous?

I voted this Hub UP, etc.


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

Excellent and informative article unknown spy - more informative than my hub. Thank you.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your hub contains very important information, unknown spy. It's great that you are publicizing these facts - the more people that are reminded about them, the better!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Oh, this is really good advice to keep. I have seen people get out of there car, put the pump on automatic and get back in to talk on their cell. They do not realize they are living dangerously.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this useful information. Did you know gas stations are not good for the environment? I did work for an oil company.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Richard! thanks for the comment.. i hope they would also think first of the safety and not just into money.. :) thanks!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Shine.. i know that some areas in the US have a do-it-yourself on filling tanks but in Phils, customers will just have to wait. it's forbidden to do it on your own. But for those areas and cities with those rules, never allow the children to help.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Tom, thanks for this message! that was great.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Deb.whew, so it's the same here. Attendants have to pump the gas and not on your own. However, these attendants are just merely doing what they were told to do..refuel cars/vehicles, but isnt it great if they will remind drivers/passengers of dos and donts while they're on the gas stations?...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Alecia.. thanks for the support. you are so right.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Mary! Straddling means that the driver is sitting on his motorcycle while refueling, with only one leg standing as a balance.. i saw this sign on our stations.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

John thank you for that wonderful compliment. But I guess, yours is fantastic because you tackled the WHY on there..why is it dangerous and how it can spark a fire.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Alicia, thank you so much.. I hope more owners of gas stations will be aware and train their attendants to let drivers follow the rules


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Dianna, thank you.. that's what reality is now.. they jsut cant wait!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Mhater, thanks for the additional info.i guess so. :) thanks!


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I can’t count the number of times I see people break these rules at gas stations. When will they learn? Good hub!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

You're right Genna. even news of gas stations wont trigger them..maybe for a while but not all times. they'd be back doing it again. Hope the managers/supervisors of these gas stations would really implement these rules on their staff to be relayed on customers.


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Tiffers79 4 years ago from Olathe KS (Kansas City Metro Area)

I'm guilty of not turning my phone off, but I'm not calling or texting. I've also grownup being told not to reenter the vehicle after starting, so that's a habit that sticks to this day!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Tiff. thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Hope we could apply these rules when we're on gas stations to avoid serious damage. Awhile ago, when the jeepney stopped to refuel, women were heavily texting and making calls. the driver did not turn off the engine. i asked them to turn off the phone but they got mad!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I guess some people put convenience over safety. Luckily, I haven't seen many people doing these kinds of things.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Sasha..thanks, you're are right.. I wish I would not see any people doing these things but everytime we stopped at the gas stations, every rule seems nowhere to be found. :( sad.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very useful and timely advice Spy. I've seen this happening very often. I'm sharing this hub in as many places I can to spread this awareness and do my bit.

Voted up & useful.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Simple reminders, but very, very important. Reading this reminds me of seeing drivers on few occasions where the driver was on the cellphone, leaning on the car waiting for it to fill up. Voted up!


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viewfinders 4 years ago from God's own country(kerala)

good reminders, thanks for sharing....

most of us forget such simple rules, many occasions i have seen while filling on another vehicle,nearby vehicle driver starting engine.....

thanks again for this...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi rajan! nice too see you :) thank you so much for sharing and hope it will reach the reader's heart.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you prezy. it's sad to know that i've been experiencing this everyday. and when you tried to asked drivers and passengers, they get mad to you..and say 'mind your own business'.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

viewfinders..thank you for the visit. and thanks for the comment and answer :)


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

VERY GOOD ADVICE!!! Thanks for the safety precautions. One can never be too safe. Common sense plays a big role a lot of times, well, one would think? In His Love, Faith Reaper


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Wow thank you so much for this comment Faith!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great tips. It is amazing how many people don't follow these. I don't think they realize it is in their benefit!


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Thanks for the information, I never knew about not using cellphones around gas pumps.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Right on the money with these tips. My father always told me to turn off the car and I am always amazed how many people don't do it. Even worse is when the gas station attendant is smoking a cigarette. That scares me! Good hub.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Tammy, thank you for the kind visit :) I think people know, they just act as if they dont know..when tragedy strikes, they would blame the gas pump.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Angela, thank you for the message. I hope that everybody will be aware of this. Please kindly tell others if you seen them using cellphones on gas stations


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

GlimmerTwinFan, thank you thank you. Even big trucks with flammables has its own warning, right. Prevent fires before its too late


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Excellent and important reminder to take care around dangerous places we may take for granted. Gas stations are such a routine stop for everyone, it may be easy to forget or minimize their potential danger. We should always be alert and aware of our surroundings, especially where there is major possibility of setting off disaster.

One other caution I've seen posted at some stations which makes sense, but so many folks ignore - is to stop filling the tank when the thing automatically goes off. Too many people want to 'top it off' with just a little bit more fuel, which then can run over onto the pavement and be a potential hazard if anyone drops a match or a live cigarette on the spot. Just accepting when it stops is wise.

I wasn't aware that cell phones can ignite an explosion. I seldom use mine when in my car, for all the many other reasons to be smart and avoid disaster, but that's good to know. I'll mention it to those I love who may think it's a good time to talk on the phone while the tank is filling!

Thank you for this very needed and practical reminder to respect the potency of fuel in all the ways we can and to pay attention to the specific rules and cautions posted at the gas stations which can save needless injuries and deaths!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Nellieanna, thank you fro this great visit. Yes, cellphones are #1 source that can ignite and blow up a gas station. Cellphone warnings tops most gas stations in my place. It is very prohibited to use them even to text and have to turn it off. but some people are jsut too hard headed and cannot follow simple rules. i always tell drivers to turn off their engine while filling but they wont listen..some would get angry when you ask them.

they never knew that consequences are so big when we're unlucky enough to experience a blow because they just wont follow simple rules.

I wish that more people would be responsible enough for their actions as not to let anyone exmay be exposed to dangers.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Well, thank you for spreading the word!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thank you so much Nellieanna for supporting this.


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Very informative piece, Unknown. Really like this one. You're telling us of things that we didn't really know before. Good advice, great writing. Useful and voted up!


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Aubrey, thanks for your support as always!

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