Chem Hazards in an Emergency

This is an all-too-common scenario:

An industrial facility has caught fire. The fearless ranks of local firefighters, often volunteers, rush to the scene. But do they know what hazardous chemicals might be waiting there? 

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It is important to provide the first responders of our community with relevant data regarding the chemical hazards they might face on-scene. 


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When emergency services arrive at the scene of an industrial accident, they often don’t know what chemical hazards they will encounter.



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The Center for Effective Government has created an interactive map showing the facilities that report to a federal program, along with facilities containing large quantities of the nine common hazardous chemicals that report only to state programs.

Surprisingly, only about 15 percent of the facilities with these nine toxins at the state level reported to the federal program for highly hazardous chemicals.

Click here for the map and information from
the Center for Effective Government