MetroSafe releases information on how to stay safe during chemical leak

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by WHAS11

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Posted on June 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 13 at 3:10 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - PLEASE BE ADVISED OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION PER METROSAFE REGARDING THE POTENTIAL LEAK AT DOW CHEMICALS.

Lake Dreamland Fire requests we sound 3 sirens in and around the Dow Chemical Company on Campground Road to advise to shelter in place and stay indoors as a precaution while they assess a leak of Methyl Methacrylate. The directions for sheltering in place are:

What To Do If Sheltering In Place Is Necessary?
. Bring all family members and pets inside the home.
. Close and lock all doors and windows. Turn off all heating, cooling and
ventilation systems including attic and window fans. Close dampers in fireplaces.
. Everyone needs to go to a pre-designated shelter room. Place a combination of
plastic and duct tape around all doors, windows and electrical outlets in that room.
. Take your emergency-supply kit in room with you.
. Listen to radio and television broadcasts for further instructions.
. Do not leave your shelter area until local officials give an "ALL CLEAR."
. After the "ALL CLEAR" is given, opens doors and windows to ventilate.

The emergency response guide # 129 for this chemical is:

POTENTIAL HAZARDS
FIRE OR EXPLOSION
· HIGHLY FLAMMABLE: Will be easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames.
· Vapors may form explosive mixtures with air.
· Vapors may travel to source of ignition and flash back.
· Most vapors are heavier than air. They will spread along ground and collect in low or confined areas (sewers, basements, tanks).
· Vapor explosion hazard indoors, outdoors or in sewers.
· Those substances designated with a "P" may polymerize explosively when heated or involved in a fire.
· Runoff to sewer may create fire or explosion hazard.
· Containers may explode when heated.
· Many liquids are lighter than water.

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HEALTH
· May cause toxic effects if inhaled or absorbed through skin.
· Inhalation or contact with material may irritate or burn skin and eyes.
· Fire will produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases.
· Vapors may cause dizziness or suffocation.
· Runoff from fire control or dilution water may cause pollution.

PUBLIC SAFETY
· As an immediate precautionary measure, isolate spill or leak area for at least 50 meters (150 feet) in all directions.
· Keep unauthorized personnel away.
· Stay upwind.
· Keep out of low areas.
· Ventilate closed spaces before entering.

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PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
· Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
· Structural firefighters' protective clothing will only provide limited protection.

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EVACUATION
Large Spill
· Consider initial downwind evacuation for at least 300 meters (1000 feet).
Fire
· If tank, rail car or tank truck is involved in a fire, ISOLATE for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions; also, consider initial evacuation for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions.

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FIRST AID
· Move victim to fresh air.
· Call 911 or emergency medical service.
· Give artificial respiration if victim is not breathing.
· Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult.
· Remove and isolate contaminated clothing and shoes.
· In case of contact with substance, immediately flush skin or eyes with running water for at least 20 minutes.
· Wash skin with soap and water.
· In case of burns, immediately cool affected skin for as long as possible with cold water. Do not remove clothing if adhering to skin.
· Keep victim warm and quiet.
· Effects of exposure (inhalation, ingestion or skin contact) to substance may be delayed.
· Ensure that medical personnel are aware of the material(s) involved and take precautions to protect themselves       


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