Chemical attacks are deliberate releases of toxic solids, liquids or gases. These are very harmful not only to people, but the environment as well. If exposed to a chemical attack, contact your local emergency personnel immediately.
Things to Know:
Chemical Weapons: Are man-made and come in a liquid or gas form. They affect a person's nervous system, blood, skin, or lungs. They cause blistering, inability to breathe, vomiting, loss of bodily control, and possibly death.
Chemical Agents: Are hazardous chemicals that can be used as a weapon. They can have serious effects on people who are exposed. Examples are bombs, aerosol devices, or even crop-dusting airplanes.
Common symptoms of exposure to chemical weapons include:
- Watery eyes
- Breathing problems
- Loss of coordination
What to do:
- Find clean air.
- Do NOT be downwind of the contamination.
- Move as far away as possible from the contamination.
- Remove clothing by cutting it off. Do NOT pull contaminated clothing over your head. Then put into a plastic bags and put it far away from other persons.
- Decontaminate by taking a shower with lots of soap and water. Be sure to NOT scrub the chemical into your skin. You want to wash it off of you instead.
- If you are stuck in a building and can't get out without going past the chemical agent/material, find clean air or start to barricade yourself as far away as possible. Contact authorities as soon as possible.