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.
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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