Static —A driver's guide to fires caused by static electricity

Static electricity is a phenomenon that can occur when two objects or substances come in contact with each other and are then separated. The build up of electricity is often noticed by drivers and passengers when they receive a mild electric shock as they exit the vehicle.

The electric charge is generated by friction between the person's body and the seat.

In most cases the static electricity discharges when the person touches the metal door on exiting the vehicle.

If the first point of contact happens to be the metal fill point of the dispenser nozzle, the spark may ignite the surrounding fuel vapours and cause a brief flash fire.

Type: Safety Education Material

Publication Date: 24/11/05