Cellphones unlikely to spark fires at gas stations: TSSA

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This week the TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) says it isn’t true that using a cellphone at gas stations is unsafe. For years drivers have led to believe that cellphones could ignite vapours at the pumps.

The TSSA will let people use cellphones to pay for gas at dispensers in Ontario, the agency said in a news release.

The agency, a delegated authority of the provincial government, reviewed an assessment published last month by researchers at BakerRisk, a San Antonio, Texas consulting firm. The study found there is only a one in 10 billion chance that using cellphones at gas stations could ignite vapours.

The assessment said there have been no fires caused by cellphone use at gas stations in the last 20 years. People are encouraged to pay for gas with apps on their cellphones if they choose, as long as they put their phones away while at the pump to avoid distraction.

Recommendations from cellphone manufacturers have prompted this change of thinking.

The assessment was commissioned by the Canadian Fuels Association.

Years ago, it was cellphone manufacturers in the abundance of caution who suggested people avoid using their cellphones at service stations.

However, with improvements in the design of cellphones, there is even less cause for concern. -CINEWS

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