In 2018 there were over 1200 gas station fires. Many people put themselves at risk at the pump without realizing it.
There are many things you can do when pumping gas to stay safe and help the people around you do the same:
- Never use your phone while pumping gas.
- Talking or texting on your phone near a pump can start a fire. This puts everyone, including yourself, in danger.
- Turning your car off while at the pump helps reduce the risk of starting a fire.
- Locking your doors helps reduce break-ins.
"Whenever you go off campus always make sure to tell someone where you're going. There are great apps like Life360, Find my Friends," Manship student Logan Cullop said. "Even snapchat has a maps feature. Just make sure someone knows where you're at."
Apps like Life360 are free and great for larger friend groups. The app allows you to check in on all of your friends and make you know where they are. It also has a function that allows you to check in with a friend to make sure that they're safe.
Richard Haydel, an LSU freshman, stopped to talk with Tiger TV about what you could do if you're ever approached while at the pump.
"If you do want to help them, by all means do," he said. "If you don't feel that way, if you feel that you are being threatened by someone approaching you, politely tell them no and walk away."