Video warns teens against exploring oil production sites

April 15, 2010

Since 1983, 36 teenagers and six young adults have been killed in explosions at oil sites. To highlight the dangers of entering oil production areas, the Chemical Safety Board has released an 11-minute video telling the story of two teens killed in such an incident.

In some rural communities, these sites are common hangouts for young people who do not understand the dangers of getting too close to oil tanks. The flammable contents can easily ignite with a match or cigarette, and result in a powerful explosion.

CSB reports that although certain states and municipalities have laws about securing oil sites, no federal regulations have been established, and sites often have no fences, barriers or warning signs.

"No Place to Hang Out: The Dangers of Oil Sites" also will be released on DVDs that will be available on CSB's Website.