Hazardous Materials Release / Shelter-In-Place

In the event of a hazardous material release:

  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Do not attempt to clean up the spill unless specifically trained and outfitted to do so.
  • Turn off all ignition and heat sources.
  • Cover mouth with a cloth and try not to inhale gases, fumes, or smoke.
  • Leave the area immediately and keep others away.
  • Stay upstream, uphill, or upwind of the release.
  • Provide public safety officials with information about the spill, type of chemical (if known), and the spill area.
  • Re-enter the building only when an “all clear” is provided by public safety officials.

If advised to shelter-in-place:

  • Go inside a building immediately.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off A/C, if possible.
  • Enter an interior room and seal the room (doors, windows, and vents) with towels, plastic, or tape for further protection, if possible.

If you are exposed to a hazardous material: 

  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Individuals exposed to hazardous material should avoid contact with others.
  • Remove all contaminated clothing, ensuring not to contaminate other areas of your body.
  • Flush with copious amounts of cool water for 15 minutes, ensuring that you don’t scrub the chemical onto your skin.
  • Exposed persons should receive or seek medical attention.

Source: UF Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)


EH&S – Hazardous Materials Injury/Exposure

Version Date: September 2021