Almost all would be aware not to use mobile phones at the fuel stations as there is a risk of explosion. In fact, the same has happened a few times in many places.
This is evident as the gas stations have warning signs in specific spots to showing that mobile phones have to be switched off or unused at the petrol stations.
However, not all might be convinced with this reason. You might be confused on why you should not use your mobile phone at petrol stations. In that case, you can get your doubts cleared with the content given below. Take a look!
The electromagnetic radiation from phone might result in explosion
It is widely believed that the electromagnetic radiation from the mobile phones can pass on enough energy that can ignite the petrol vapor directly or induce currents in the nearby metal objects triggering a spark resulting in an explosion. The electromagnetic waves are responsible for the two-way communication between your phone and the tower. These waves are of high energy and this is a major cause of concern.
Lack of evidence of explosion due to use of mobiles
Talking from the scientific perspective, there is no evidence proving the connection between explosions at the gas stations and the use of cellphones. In fact, studies have proven that none of the gas station fires were related to cellphone usage. The batteries that power the mobile phones are of low voltage, so these are no potent enough to ignite a spark at a petrol station.
Defective batteries might trigger an explosion
While a normally functioning smartphone battery is not likely the reason for an explosion, the probable cause of explosion in a gas station due to mobile phone usage could be a defective battery. But, the chances of using a phone with a defective battery is pretty scanty.
Hose pipe could be the reason for explosion
An explosion in the petrol station can occur only from the hose pipe that emits the fuel and not from the fuel itself or the fuel tank.
It isn't a bad idea to not use your phone
Using your phone at a fuel station may not be the cause of fire at all, but it is still not a bad idea to not use your phone while you are at refueling your vehicle. By saying not using your phone, we mean everything such as texting, talking or going through the notifications.