Catalonia gathers an important business fabric which is the country’s major economic driver. Some of these industries belong to the chemical sector and although they are very safe, there is always inevitably a certain risk. Chemical accidents require a fast and effective response. That is why it is very important to follow the chemical safety tips at all times.
If an accident involving hazardous materials occurs, a warning will be launched by authorities.
You can also notice that there is a chemical emergency by siren signals. A warning signal will be given through the siren tones; there are three warning signals, each lasting one minute and separated by a five-second interval.
You will hear this siren tone also in cases of a blast or breathing difficulty.
If you are outside, seek immediate indoor shelter inside a sturdy building.
Close all doors and windows, and go to interior rooms or as far inside the house as possible.
Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems.
If you live with old people, children or people with respiratory diseases check on them especially if there has been a toxic leak.
Do not go to the basement or lower part of the building, unless you are told otherwise by the authorities.
Be aware of a possible tap water restriction.
Do not go to pick up your children to school. Teachers know what to do.
Do not stay inside your car. It is not a safe shelter. Go inside the nearest building.
Refrain from calling except in an emergency. Lines can collapse.
In case of a risk of explosion
If there is a risk of a flammable or gas leak, you should move to the opposite side of the place the blast is expected to happen.
During the emergency: keep updated
Tune in to your local media or a broadcast station, follow the Civil Protection Twitter to receive latest updates (@emergenciescat ) or any other media to keep informed about the emergency progress and the next steps to be taken.
If a power outage happens, a battery-operated radio and spare batteries would come in most handy to get the latest updates and the emergency action plans.
A three-minute steady siren tone will warn you of the end of threat.
Once it is safe to go out ventilate your house.