Any time a chemical escapes from its container in a manner in which it was not supposed to be, a hazardous
materials emergency could happen. When this happens people, animals, property, and the environment (air, water, and soil) might become contaminated with the hazardous material.
A chemical may escape from a container for several reasons:
For details on hazardous materials used in your area, how to plan for hazardous materials emergencies, and how to control such emergencies, please download the Hazardous Materials Emergency Packet (PDF).