By U.S. Department of Transportation

This advisor was once built together through the U.S. division of Transportation, shipping Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT) to be used through firefighters, police, and different emergency companies group of workers who could be the first to reach on the scene of a transportation incident related to a unsafe fabric. it really is basically a advisor to help first responders in (1) speedy making a choice on the categorical or universal class of the material(s) enthusiastic about the incident, and (2) holding themselves and most of the people in this preliminary reaction section of the incident. The ERG is up to date each 3 to 4 years to house new items and know-how.
entrance topic
• desk of Contents
the best way to Use This Guidebook
desk of Placards and preliminary reaction publications to take advantage of On-Scene
• Numerical Index of harmful items
• Alphabetical Index of risky items
protection advice publications
desk of preliminary Isolation and protecting motion Distances
• desk of Water-Reactive fabrics Which Produce poisonous Gases
• protecting garments
• fireplace and Spill keep an eye on
• Criminal/Terrorist Use of Chemical/Biological brokers
• thesaurus

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Stay upwind. • Many gases are heavier than air and will spread along ground and collect in low or confined areas (sewers, basements, tanks). • Keep out of low areas. • Ventilate closed spaces before entering. PROTECTIVE CLOTHING • Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). • Wear chemical protective clothing that is specifically recommended by the manufacturer. It may provide little or no thermal protection. • Structural firefighters' protective clothing provides limited protection in fire situations ONLY; it is not effective in spill situations where direct contact with the substance is possible.

Fire will produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases. Runoff from fire control may cause pollution. FIRE OR EXPLOSION • • • • Some may burn, but none ignite readily. Vapors from liquefied gas are initially heavier than air and spread along ground. Some of these materials may react violently with water. Cylinders exposed to fire may vent and release toxic and/or corrosive gas through pressure relief devices. • Containers may explode when heated. • Ruptured cylinders may rocket. PUBLIC SAFETY • CALL Emergency Response Telephone Number on Shipping Paper first.

When heavily encased explosives are not involved, evacuate the area for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions. * For information on "Compatibility Group" letters, refer to the Glossary section. 6; C LASS A OR B GU I DE 112 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FIRE CARGO Fires • DO NOT fight fire when fire reaches cargo! Cargo may EXPLODE! • Stop all traffic and clear the area for at least 1600 meters (1 mile) in all directions and let burn. • Do not move cargo or vehicle if cargo has been exposed to heat. TIRE or VEHICLE Fires • Use plenty of water - FLOOD it!

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