What should I do if there is an industrial accident?
If you live close to a large chemical site, you might receive information from the site(s) in your area advising you of what actions to take in the event in an accident.
The general advice in a chemical incident is to 'Go in, stay in and tune in'. What you should do is:
- go into a house or building straight away and stay indoors until you hear an all-clear message
- close all external doors, turn off all heating and ventilation systems and electrical appliances
- close all windows and curtains
- tune in to your local radio station and/or social media for up-to-date information and instructions
- do not ring the emergency services unless you have a medical emergency
- co-operate with any instructions given by the emergency services
- if advised to do so, be prepared to evacuate and follow instructions given
- after the all-clear, doors and windows can be reopened and ventilation restored.