Heard from one of our readers commenting about the article on fire prevention and preparation we did in our February issue. Back on Dec. 31, one of his shops was replacing a fuel pump (he brings in a mechanic part-time to do heavier mechanical work like that). While the pump was being replaced, the mechanic’s polyester-blend shirt created a small static spark. That was all she wrote. The gas fumes ignited and the reader said the entire shop went up in flames. Fortunately, no one was hurt and he was insured. As a matter of fact, the shop’s set to reopen for business tomorrow. But he cautioned lube operators, managers and technicians everywhere to beware of static electricity, especially in the winter and especially if performing any sort of fuel pump or fuel filter work.

Sounds like good advice to me.

About National Oil & Lube News

National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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