Hazard Material Preparedness

We use hazardous materials in our homes and businesses every day. Small spills occasionally occur, but these incidents generally cause the public little difficulty other than traffic delays. In the event of a major spill, authorities will instruct you on the best course of action.

ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.

What to Do During a Hazardous Material Incident or Chemical Spill

  • Move away from the potential hazardous substance.
  • Stay upwind of the material if possible.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible if needed.
  • If there's an event indoors, try to get out of the building without passing through the contaminated area. Otherwise, it may be better to move as far away from the event as possible and shelter in place.
  • If exposed, remove outer layer of clothes, place them far away from your body, and wash yourself.
  • In some circumstances, after being exposed to hazardous materials, it may be necessary to be "decontaminated." Specially trained emergency personnel will perform decontamination procedures, which may include the removal of personal items and cleansing of exposed areas of the body. They will provide for medical attention if necessary.
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers utilize a single toll-free phone number to reach a poison control center anywhere in the nation. Dial 1-800-222-1222 to be automatically linked to the closest poison center.

How to Report Spills and Environmental Violations

Are you concerned about an environmental situation within your community but don't know where to go for answers? Learn more: EPA - Pesticide and Environmental Violations 

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