Flash Updates:

Before

  • Don’t mix chemicals, even common household products. Some combinations, such as ammonia and bleach, can create toxic gases.
  • Store chemical products properly
  • Store non-food products tightly closed in their original containers for easy identification.
  • Dispose of unused chemicals properly. Improper disposal is harmful as it may contaminate the local water supply.
  • Do not smoke or light fire in the identified hazardous areas.
  • Avoid staying near industries which process hazardous chemicals, if possible.
  • Keep emergency contact numbers handy, including that of nearby hazardous industries.
  • Participate in capacity building programmes organized by the government/ voluntary organizations / industrial units.
  • Identify safe shelters along with safe and easy access routes.
  • Prepare a family disaster management plan
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items for safety and survival.

During

  • Do not panic. Evacuate quickly through the designated escape route.
  • Keep a wet piece of cloth on yourface while evacuating.
  • If you are unable to evacuate, close all the doors and windows tightly.
  • Once you are at a safe location, inform Emergency Services (Police, Hospital, etc.).
  • Do not spread and/ or believe in rumours.

After

  • Do not consume uncovered food/ water, etc
  • Change into fresh clothes after reaching a safe place/ shelter, and wash hands properly.

Community

  • Make the entire neighbourhood aware of chemical hazards and the first aid required to treat them.
  • Listen to radio, watch TV and surf the Internet for official news and announcements.
  • Provide accurate information to government officials.
  • Sensitise authorities about the exact requirement of protective equipment for dealing with the hazard present.