Various kinds of incidents can involve hazardous materials which include toxic, flammable, explosive chemicals or radioactive substances.
The release of hazardous materials, whether intentionally or an accident, can cause serious injury, long-lasting health effects and death. Consequently a mass evacuation in and around the area where the release occurred may be ordered or residents may be told to "shelter in place".
In the event of the release of radiological and/or hazardous materials, you should:
- Report the incident to authorities immediately.Stay away from the area where the spill occurred.
- Cover mouth and nose with a cloth or a surgical face mask.
- Bring pets inside.
- Evacuate if told to do so, and take pets with you.
- Follow the evacuation routes provided by the authorities (short-cuts can potentially place you in more danger).
- Have an Emergency Go Kit on hand.
- Seal house so contaminants cannot enter (if told to shelter-in-place).
- Close all windows and doors.
- Turn off ventilation systems (cut-off exposure to outside air).
- Stay tuned to the radio or television for updates and instructions