Learn to recognize the pictograms that indicate hazards
Hazardous materials are indicated by pictograms on the container or the vehicles that transport them.
Learn to recognize the pictograms to know what materials are being transported and the nature of the hazard. In the event of an accident, you will be able to better protect yourself and better inform emergency services about the materials involved in the accident.
Follow prevention tips
If you are the victim of or a witness to an accident involving hazardous materials:
- Move away from the accident site and ask other witnesses to do so;
- Call 911 to notify emergency services; and
- Avoid smoke near the accident site.
In the event that a product spills or escapes, avoid all contact with it. If you are splashed by the product, notify the intervention service even if there is no apparent consequence.
Follow the authorities' instructions
When the situation demands it, the authorities disseminate instructions, for example in the event of soil contamination or following the passage of a cloud of toxic smoke. Pay attention to these instructions and abide by them. You may be asked to:
- Comply with an evacuation order;
- Observe a security perimeter;
- Avoid consuming water and certain foodstuffs;
- Clean your home or your property;
- Monitor physical symptoms that may appear.
Source and reference for further information: Urgence Québec –Transportation of hazardous materials