Hazardous Materials

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A hazardous materials spill may require you to be evacuated or to shelter-in-place. Listen for instructions from local emergency response officials.

Safety Precautions

  • Leave the area and move upwind of the material.  If you have to pass through the contaminated area, cover your mouth and nose with a dry cloth or piece of clothing.
  • If the event occurs outdoors, move as far away as possible and shelter-in-place.  Turn off ventilation.
  • If you were near the event, leave the area and remove your outer layer of clothing.  Wash yourself with soap and water.
  • In some circumstances, it may be necessary to be decontaminated by trained emergency personnel.
  • If the event happens indoors, get out of the building without passing through the contaminated area.
  • If you feel sick, seek medical attention as soon as possible.


If instructed by emergency response officials to shelter-in-place, do the following:

  1. Go indoors immediately and stay there.
  2. Close all windows and doors.
  3. Turn off the furnace, air conditioners and exhaust systems.
  4. Listen to your radio and monitor your TV for further instructions.