An accident may cause a hazardous gases to enter the air. Unless the hazardous material is flammable, emergency response professionals may tell you to NOT to evacuate. You may be advised to stay protected indoors until you receive instructions to leave. This should only last for a few hours so listen to your radio for updates.
During an emergency, if you get an official media release or message stating that people in your area are Ordered to Shelter in Place, you should:
- Go Inside.
- Close all windows and doors.
- Turn off ventilation systems (heating and air conditioning, and fireplace dampers).
- Go into a room with the fewest doors and windows and seal the room.
- Stay in the room until told by the authorities that it is safe to come out.
While inside, you should stay tuned to local television or radio for information updates and only use telephones to call 9-1-1 for emergencies. When the emergency has passed, ventilate the building thoroughly to bring in fresh, clean air.
Weather-stripped buildings slow the movement of air into them and any hazardous material that does enter is weakened when it mixes with the indoor air. It is imperative that you stay indoors, especially if you see a cloud, vapour, or smoke from the hazardous material outdoors or you can smell it indoors. You will be safer inside! If the danger persists for more than 2 – 3 hours, local officials will consider evacuation of the area.
If you are Sheltering in Place, DO NOT:
- Risk your safety for your pets. If they are not inside, shelter in place without them.
- Leave your building or home until you receive notification that the danger has passed.
You should always try to have enough emergency supplies on hand to last you and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Check out the emergency readiness information in this workbook or visit www.emergencymanagementontario.ca for further information.