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Safety Precautions

Resist Rushing In!

Approach cautiously from upwind, uphill or upstream:

  • Stay clear of Vapor, Fumes, Smoke and Spills
  • Keep vehicle at a safe distance from the scene

Secure the scene:

  • Isolate the area and protect yourself and others

Identify the hazards using any of the following:

Assess the situation:

  • Is there a fire, a spill or a leak?
  • What are the weather conditions?
  • What is the terrain like?
  • Who/what is at risk: people, property or the environment?
  • What actions should be taken - evacuation, shelter in-place or dike?
  • What resources (human and equipment) are required?
  • What can be done immediately?

Obtain help:

  • Advise your headquarters to notify responsible agencies and call for assistance from qualified personnel


  • Enter only when wearing appropriate protective gear
  • Rescue attempts and protecting property must be weighed against you becoming part of the problem
  • Establish a command post and lines of communication
  • Continually reassess the situation and modify response accordingly
  • Consider safety of people in the immediate area first, including your own safety

Above all: Do not assume that gases or vapors are harmless because of lack of a smell - odorless gases or vapors may be harmful. Use Caution when handling empty containers because they may still present hazards until they are cleaned and purged of all residues.

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