How demonetization helped India debunk the myth about using phones at gas stations

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India’s decision to invalidate much of its cash may have incurred a lot of discomfort to millions, but it has also unintentionally helped bust an age old myth.

Indians no longer have to worry about whipping out their smartphones at gas stations. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has told the country’s Petroleum Ministry that it is completely safe to use mobile phones at fuel stations (known locally as petrol pumps).

India, much like many other countries, has warned commuters for years about not using mobile phones at gas stations amid safety concerns. A wild theory is that mobile phones could emit sparks that could result in a fire. The myth has been debunked by many over the years. The Indian government is finally acknowledging it.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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