The first thing to know about Hazardous Materials is this:
If you see a chemical accident, call “911.” Let the professionals handle it!
I have been a hazardous materials technician for several years, and after working hundreds of events I can say for certain that no two are alike, and the minute you get comfortable is the minute you are headed into danger.
This is an area that a single prepper in a chemical suit can get themselves killed, as it takes lot of support to deal with this type of event, you need a dedicated team standing by to rescue anyone working in an hazardous material environment, as well as a team for decontamination.
- Leave the area and help keep others away.
- Accidents can force an evacuation; fumes can create problems over a large area. Officials do not evacuate lightly; so if you are told to go, GO!
- Stay away from the area. Be careful where you walk
- Check with your neighbors and, if necessary, assist them.
- DO NOT take chances. Many chemicals that cannot be seen or smelled can be DEADLY
- Listen to the radio or television for information and instructions.
- Assist accident victims ONLY if the injury is LIFE THREATENING.
- If your home or business is evacuated, do not return until someone in authority tells you it is safe to do so.
- This danger doesn’t always come from outside your home. Household items such as cleaning materials kept in kitchens and bathrooms can be deadly.
- Know the phone number to a poison control center.