WHAT TO DO AFTER A
MAJOR CHEMICAL EMERGENCY
- Return home only when authorities say it is safe to do so. Local officials on the scene are the best source of information for your particular situation.
- Follow local instructions concerning the safety of food and water.Contaminated food or water can cause illness.
- Clean up and dispose of residue carefully. Follow instructions from emergency officials concerning cleanup methods. Local officials will best know proper procedures for your particular situation.
- Use extreme caution when helping others who have been exposed to chemical agents.
- Remove all clothing and other items that have been in contact with the body. Contaminated clothing that you would normally remove over the head should be cut off to avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth. Put clothing into a plastic bag.
- Decontaminate hands using soap and water. Remove eyeglaeses or contact lenses. Put flases in a pan of household bleach to decontaminate.
- Flush eyes with a lot of water. Gently wash face and hair with soap and water; then throughly rinse with water.
- Desontaminate other body areas likely to have been contaminated. BLot with a cloth soaked in soapy water and rinse with slear wter.
- Change into uncontaminated clothing. Clothing stored in drawers or closets is likely to be uncontaminated.
- If possible, proceed to a medical facility for screening.