What Should you do in a Chemical Emergency?

Chemical emergencies can happen because of accidents such as a train derailment or through a deliberate release such as a terrorist attack.

Certain chemicals can harm you or your loved ones. If a chemical emergency happens, you may need to take steps to protect yourself and your family.

You should get away from the area of the chemical release. Do not worry about what type of chemical it might be. Focus on getting it off your body as soon as possible. Undress and shower, if you are able, ideally in the first 10 minutes. If you cannot undress and shower, wipe off as much of the chemical as you can. Then you should get help by calling the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222 or calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital.