|You’ve just heard the news… a tanker has dumped ammonia on a well-traveled freeway near you. Or maybe a train carrying explosives has derailed. Perhaps even a terrorist has unleashed deadly poison ricin gas! There are many types of incidents where hazardous chemicals or materials can put you at risk. Just remain calm, think logically and follow these tips.
- Stay tuned to your radio or TV for information about evacuation routes, temporary shelters and different procedures.
- Minimize contamination in the house by closing all windows, shutting all vents and turning off attic fans.
- Turn off air conditioners.
- Bring your pets inside.
- Seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels or plastic sheeting.
- If gas or vapors have already entered your building, take shallow breaths through a cloth or towel.
- Be prepared to evacuate if instructed to do so.
- Stay upstream, uphill and upwind from the accident site.
- Travel at least one-half mile away from the danger zone.
- Warn others whom you encounter.
- If possible, try to cover your mouth with a towel or cloth when leaving the area.
- If you are in a motor vehicle, drive quickly away from the accident site, shut off your heater or air conditioner and keep your car windows and vents closed.