Get Away

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.

You should get away from the area of the chemical release. Once you are away if you have any chemical on your body, you should get it off, and get help as soon as you can. Call the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222, call 911, or go to the nearest hospital.

If a chemical emergency happens, you may need to take steps to protect yourself and your family.

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Are you inside and did you come in contact with (get exposed to) the chemical inside a building?

Get outside into the fresh air and quickly move as far away as possible from the area. Take any pets with you.

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Are you outside a building and exposed to the chemical?

Get away from the chemical release area as far as you can and uphill, if possible, because some chemicals stay close to the ground. Take any pets with you.

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Are you inside a building but have not been exposed to the chemical?

Close all windows and doors and stay inside. Keep any pets inside with you. Stay put and seal off your space (shelter-in-place).