In case of a chemical spill, sour gas leak, severe windstorm or tornado, you may be asked to “shelter-in-place.” This means take immediate shelter indoors where you are – at home, at school, or at work. You will be notified when it’s safe to come out. Usually this will only be for a few hours.
How do I shelter-in-place?
- Act quickly and follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Stay indoors. If you are outside, go indoors and remain indoors. If you are in a vehicle and unable to seek shelter indoors, turn off your
vehicle, close all the windows and turn off all ventilation systems.
- Turn off any appliances that circulate air throughout your home. These include fans, air conditioners, heaters, and your furnace.
- Close all windows and doors. The best place to shelter is in a room with few windows or doors. Shelter in an interior room (one without windows, if possible) that is above ground level. Bring your 72-hour emergency kit
- If the odour is strong, seal the room with damp towels at the base of the door. You can breathe through a damp towel to filter the air.
- Monitor local media until you are told all is safe, or until you are advised to evacuate. Signing up for emergency alerts will help you stay informed.
If you or a family member experience respiratory distress, call 9-1-1. Those with chronic conditions and breathing difficulties may be more affected and should seek medical attention as soon as possible.