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What to do during a chemical spill

A chemical spill or release can be anything from a hazardous material spill on the highway to a gas leak in your home. It is important that you know how to protect yourself and others during a chemical release incident.

What should I do if I see a chemical spill or release?

  1. Phone 9-1-1 if you see a chemical spill or release. If you can, provide as much information as you can, such as the location of the spill.
  2. Do not approach the spill or walk through the chemical
  3. Listen for instruction from local authorities. It is important that you listen for instruction from local authorities, as some chemical release incidents will require you to take immediate shelter indoors (link to shelter in place) , while other situations may require you to evacuate.

What should I do if I smell gas?

  1. Leave the building or area immediately if you smell gas (often described as a “rotten egg” smell).
  2. Call 9-1-1 away from the ruptured gas line. You could also call ATCO’s emergency line at 403-245-7222. Use a neighbour’s phone or a cell phone and wait for further instruction from emergency responders.

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