Chemical: Do's & Dont's

Precautions to be taken during and after the Chemical (Industrial) Accidents

  • Do not panic, evacuate calmly and quickly perpendicular to wind direction through the designated escape route
  • Keep a wet handkerchief or piece of cloth/ sari on face during evacuation
  • Keep the sick, elderly, weak, handicapped and other people who are unable to evacuate inside house and close all the doors and windows tightly.
  • Do not consume the uncovered food/ water etc open to the air, drink only from bottle
  • Change into fresh clothing after reaching safe place/ shelter, and wish hands properly
  • Inform Fire & Emergency Services, Police and medical services from safe location by calling 101, 100 and 108 respectively.
  • Listen to PA (Public Addressal) System of the plant/ factory, local radio/ TV channels for advice from district administration/fire/health/police and other concerned authorities
  • Provide correct and accurate information to government official.
  • Inform others on occurrence of event at public gathering places (like school, shopping centre, theatre etc.).
  • Don’t pay attention to the rumours and don’t spread rumours.

General Precautions During Normal Time

  • Do not smoke, lit fire or spark in the identified hazardous area
  • Sensitize the community living near the industrial units and they should be more vigilant about the nature of industrial units and associated risks.
  • Keep the contact numbers of nearest hazardous industry, fire station, police station, control room, health services and district control room, for emergency use.
  • Avoid housing near the industries producing or processing the hazardous chemicals, if possible.
  • Participate in all the capacity building programmes organized by the government/ voluntary organizations / industrial units.
  • Take part in preparing disaster management plan for the community and identify safe shelter along with safe and easy access routes.
  • Prepare a family disaster management plan and explain it to all the family members.
  • Make the family/ neighbours aware of the basic characteristics of various poisonous/ hazardous chemicals and the first aid required to treat them.
  • Adequate number of personal protective equipments needs to be made available, to deal with emergency situation.
  • Prepare an emergency kit of items and essentials in the house, including medicines, documents and valuables.