Royal Oman Police: Filling your car tank full won’t cause explosion

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Muscat: Officials of Royal Oman Police (ROP) and Public Authority of Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) have clarified that there is no truth to the emails and mobile phone messages circulating in the country claiming that petrol tanks of automobile should not be filled to the full as it could cause explosion in the high heat.

Several readers called up Times of Oman to verify the authenticity of the emails and mobile messages which were warning them against full filling of petrol tankers of their vehicles. It has been noticed that such messages were rife on mobile phones and other social media tools, an ROP official told Times of Oman. However, ROP and PACDA have urged people not to pay heed to such misleading messages.

The message, which was circulated through mobile phones and social media and created a sort of panic among motorists on Friday and Saturday, said: "Due to increase of temperature in the next days, please don't fill petrol to the max. It will cause explosion in the fuel tank."

It further suggested: "If you want petrol, then fill to half and leave a space for air. This week five explosive accidents happened due to filling petrol to maximum." However, the ROP official made clear that any such messages do not serve public good; instead, they harm the common interest as in most cases they are misleading. "If required, only ROP and PACDA issue such warnings," the ROP official told Times of Oman.

Expert view
Though the main source of the message was not known, the warning was attributed to an oil company. When contacted, a senior official of this oil company categorically denied having issued any such formal warning to people against filling petrol to the full in cars.

An official of the oil company told Times of Oman that within the organisation, as part of their health, safety and environment (HSE) practices, the employees were advised not to fill their car tanks full to the brim as it may cause accidents. "It is also not good for the car to be full with petrol for a better performance on roads," he said.

"The tendency is that people go to the petrol stations and fill their car tanks to the full. For proper flow of petrol in the engine, there must be some space left for air. It helps the fuel stream work properly. This is a logical and scientific thing," he explained.

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Please, it takes them three notices to get one message across. What makes you think the right research has been done for this? Safer to do your own research.

Please refer the second last paragraph - statement by oil company official - they also advice not to fill the tank upto its full capacity.

in the end, prevention is better than cure

good news cause i got the same message on whats app

End of the article contradicts with the beginning!! you started by quoting ROP that there is no harm of filling the petrol tanks of automobile to the full and end the article quoting An official from an oil company claiming as safety practice filling the petrol tanks to the full may cause accidents and It is also not good for the car to be full with petrol for a better performance on roads!! WHICH ONE IS RIGHT!!

@Suleiman - Good observation. The article comes across in poor light owing to this mistake. Most importantly, I often wonder why this should be an front page headline with a photograph occupying about 20-25% of front page space. Similar was the case with title "Smoking Kills". Everyone knows that, including the smokers. But still they continue. Coming back to the point, issues like this are matters of awareness which can be published with appropriate amount of space and position in the newspaper. There are several other national and international events happening which can be given due consideration in the newspaper.