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Emergency Preparedness: Tips for Chemical Exposure Prevention

Chemical use is a natural part of our daily lives. We use chemicals to clean and perfume our bodies and homes, fuel our vehicles, make crops grow, and keep our food fresh. In this way, chemicals are valuable and can be used to make our lives easier and healthier, but chemicals can also be hazardous to our health if we are exposed to them improperly.

About Chemical Exposure

Dangerous chemical exposure can happen at home or in the workplace and is caused by inhaling, ingesting, or touching a chemical.

Chemical injuries such as burns or rashes happen immediately after a chemical contacts the skin. Other types are slow-forming, leading to life-changing diseases over time of continual exposure, usually in a work setting.

Poisoning is another chemical-related issue that happens frequently to young people ages 0 to 19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 300 children between those ages are treated in emergency departments every day as a result of being poisoned.

Chemical Exposure Prevention

Preventing home and workplace accidents involving chemicals can be as easy as following the tips listed below.

  • Store chemicals in their original containers.
  • Lock chemicals away from the reach of children.
  • Never mix one chemical with another since doing so can create toxic gases.
  • Always abide by the directions written on the product packaging.
  • Do not use chemicals in confined spaces where it is easy to breathe in the vapors.
  • Never use chemicals near an open flame or while you smoke.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Dispose of rags used with strong chemicals by wrapping them in newspapers and placing them in a sealed plastic bag after allowing the fumes to evaporate outdoors.
  • Dispose of unused chemicals properly. If you are not sure how to dispose of the chemical, call your local household hazardous waste collection facility.

In an Chemical Exposure Emergency

In the event of a life-threatening emergency caused by chemical exposure, call 9-1-1 or the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. They can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact an Experienced Chemical Exposure Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured or developed an illness after being exposed to chemicals and toxins at work, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will take immediate action on your case and ensure that is handled effectively and efficiently from the beginning. We understand how a workplace injury can affect an individual physically, emotionally, and financially. At Thomas J. Henry, we don’t charge a fee unless we win your case.

With the backing of extensive legal and financial resources, our attorneys will develop your case to its greatest potential and put you in position to achieve the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free legal consultation. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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