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Accidents involving hazardous waste

Flammable, toxic, explosive or radioactive material can cause accidents, especially during their transportation, storage or use in companies.

This could occur in the form of a spill, a leak or an explosion, that could imperil your health and safety.

You could thus be requested by the authorities to stay confined at home or to evacuate your home.

What to do in case of an accident involving hazardous waste close to your home

Follow the instructions issued by the authorities.

If you are asked to stay indoors

Follow the guidelines below as the situation warrants: 

  • Seal doors and windows using adhesive tape or damp clothes.
  • Shut off all systems with air intake from the outside: air exchangers, air conditioners, heat pumps, kitchen fan or dryer.
  • Close off the exterior air intake of these systems using damp clothes to prevent toxic gasses from entering the house.
  • Do not go and pick up your children from school or day care because they are sheltered and safe.

If you are requested to evacuate your home

  • Shut off water and electricity if requested to do so.
  • Take along the following essential items: medication, personal hygiene items, milk, feeding bottle and diapers for your baby.
  • Secure your pets or take them to the emergency shelter, if pets are allowed there.
  • Lock the doors of your home.
  • Take the route indicated by the authorities to get to the emergency shelter.
  • Register at the reception at the emergency shelter to enable your friends and relatives to easily find you. 

For more information, visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/

Last update: 2015-07-28 09:38