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Emergency Procedures: Hazardous Materials Release

EVACUATE

  • Leave the area immediately and move approximately 1/2 mile away (8 to 10 blocks)
  • Keep others away from the affected area
  • STAY UPSTREAM, UPHILL, AND UPWIND OF THE ACCIDENT
  • Do not walk into or touch any spilled liquids, airborne mists, or condensed solid chemical deposits
  • Turn off all ignition and heat sources
  • Try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke
  • Cover mouth with a cloth while leaving the area

Call USC Police at 911 and tell the dispatcher:

  • Location of the leak or spill
  • Type of substance
  • Amount spilled/leaking
  • Any injuries

Those contaminated by the spill should avoid contact with others and remain in a safe location nearby to receive medical assistance

WET CHEMICALS:

  • Flush with water and soap, if possible, being sure not to rub the chemical into your skin

DRY CHEMICALS:

  • Using gloves, brush from skin
  • Remove all contaminated clothing
  • Once the chemical is removed, flush skin with cool water
  • Those with information on the chemical should leave immediate area but remain in a safe, nearby location to direct emergency personnel to the affected area
    • Assist with providing information about the incident, chemical involved, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and chemical's common use
  • Follow evacuation instructions from emergency personnel
    • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles
    • Return to the spill/leak site only when permitted by emergency officials
  • If you are unable to evacuate, or if you are instructed to stay indoors, SHELTER IN PLACE

SHELTER IN PLACE (INSTRUCTED TO STAY INDOORS)

  • Close and lock all exterior doors and windows
  • Close vents and as many interior doors as possible
  • Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems
    • In large buildings, set ventilation systems to 100 percent recirculation so that no outside air is drawn into the building
    • If this is not possible, ventilation systems should be turned off
  • Go to a pre-selected shelter room above ground; select a room that has the fewest openings to the outside
  • Seal gaps under doorways and windows with wet towels, plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Use material to fill cracks and holes in the room, such as those around windows and air conditioning units
  • If gas or vapors could have entered the building, take shallow breaths through a cloth or a towel
  • Avoid eating or drinking any food or water that may be contaminated
  • Call USC Police at 911 to report your location

IF IN A VEHICLE

  • Stop and seek shelter in a safe building
  • If you must remain in your car, close windows and air vents, and shut off the air conditioner
  • Breathe through a cloth covering your mouth
 
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