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Protect Yourself and Others after a Chemical Fire

Date: April 22nd, 2013

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

If you have been evacuated because of a chemical fire, you may need to take steps after you return to ensure that the materials in and around your home, school, business, or farm have not been contaminated.

Governmental agencies will conduct tests to determine what byproducts from the fire were left in the soil, air, or water, and whether they could harm people, animals, or the environment.

In Texas, the tests will be administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Until the results are known, consider taking the following measures to protect yourself and others.

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