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    The video from the Couple Survives Explosion At Gas Pump news story shows the activation of an overhead suppression system at what appears to be a self-service gas station island. I didn't know such systems existed until I read the story and saw that video. I know we don't have any at the stations in our area (probably because they're all old) and I was wondering if they're common across the nation. Anybody else got them?


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    I am somewhat amazed you have never seen them before. I know they are mandatory in this area and assumed they were everywhere. In the twelve years I have been on the job, I have been to 4 incidents where they discharged. Two were fires, one was from the exhaust pipe on a truck being right next to the heat detector, and the last was accidental.

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    I am somewhat amazed you have never seen them before
    That's why I posted the question. The newest gas station in our area is somewhere between 10 an 15 years old. The rest are even older, so I'm hoping to discover that they're everywhere and we haven't seen them simply because there haven't been any new stations built. Then again, I've seen video of similar incidents around here and no suppression system activated.

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    We have them in NY or at least at the gas station I go to near my town in Suffolk County.
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    I beleive that it is a requirement for all self serve stations around here. I have seen them in other states in the south.

    It is just like the systems in the fast food places and other eateries.

    As long as the agent and the charge is there, if will drop its contents fast.

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    You mean you actually have to get out of the car and pump your own gas?
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    And the moronic drunk who hit the pumps will probably claim "he didn't know anything happened."



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    We were looking at this at work and I was amazed t osee agent being discharged from the canopy.....I will have to check out a couple of our new gas stations for this ........anyone know if this is some national code thing ? VERY NICE !
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    Hey for the amount of money we pay for gas thats the least they could do is pump it for us! lol...see theres another plus side to living in Jersey...on those nice cold freezing days you dont even have to get out of your car to pump gas..
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    New Jersey, and maybe one or two other states, do not allow you to pump your own fuel.

    What special training do gas station attendants receive in our great State of New Jersey? In other words, what makes them experts on the dispensing of gasoline, the flammable characteristics of gasoline or the extinguishment of gasoline fires?

    I've pulled my wildland engine into service stations in New Jersey...and attempted to pump my own fuel, only to be told "I'll take care of it.....Please don't do that."

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    Where is George when we need him ? why cant you pump your own fuel ? and what prices do you pay ? full service or self serve per gallon ?
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    I see them at all the new stations being built around here. Truth be told since I just started seeing them about 7 or 8 years ago I just assumed what the nozzles sticking down from the roof were. Glad I guessed right
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    Weruj1, just yesterday, while I watched the poor soul standing out in the cold rain, I paid $1.65 a gallon. I don't mind when I have to, but if I have the choice of sitting in my warm, dry car or standing outside in the cold rain to get gas...I'll stay warm and dry.

    Help the economy - hire a gas station attendant! It creates jobs.
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    Help the economy - hire a gas station attendant! It creates jobs.

    Given the intelligence of the average New Jerseyan...

    Anyway...
    1) The other full-serve only state is Oregon.

    2) It's not quite a national thing. MA and I'll defer to the gentleman from Cranston that RI also requires them. I've seen 100% coverage except maybe the very oldest, oldest stations. But it's not done in CT. Does seem to be a good thing, given how effective they are (see video!!!).

    3) NJ has one of the lowest gas taxes in the U.S. combined with substantial refining/terminal capacity -- lower taxes, lower transport costs = they absorb the full-serve and still usually have lower gas prices than surrounding states.
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    Given the intelligence of the average New Jerseyan...
    Now that was a shot!
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    WOWZERS !!!!!!!!! thanks for the info ..........ya I guess you all do have pretty good over there !
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    Originally posted by Dalmatian90
    Given the intelligence of the average New Jerseyan...
    Some people can't even find the fuel filler.... And forget about finding the dipstick! It's all they can do just to open the hood!!
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    And beyond the intelligence issues, can you imagine the static electricity that builds up in Jersey Girl's doos?

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    Here in NC gas is running $1.66 a gal for the cheap stuff. As far as dump systems, I work for a small to medium sized city dept, and I travel the state and neighboring states quite often and have yet to see a system of this sort. I will have to look close for them now. Does anyone know what kind of agent is used in these systems?

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    posted by Weruj1: ........anyone know if this is some national code thing ?
    Ohio has required these suppression systems for some time under the OFC FM-2806.11.10, but only for unattended self serve stations. I guess they figure an attended station can take action on their own.

    These systems are just a bigger version of the dry chem hood suppression systems that are common at many restaurants.
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