Hazardous Material Spills

Hazardous material spills can occur on land or in water. They involve substances such as chemicals, radiation, biohazard materials, oil and gas, propane, flammable materials, industrial products and mixed waste. On this page, you’ll find resources on how to be prepared for a hazardous material spill.

How to Be Prepared

During a Hazardous Material Spill

A hazardous material spill into water may affect community water systems in the Thompson-Nicola region. If you are part of a privately owned and operated community water system, check with the provider for information. If you are part of a TNRD owned and operated water system:

Sometimes an accident may cause a hazardous material to enter the air. You may be told to “shelter-in-place” instead of evacuating.

  • Go indoors and stay there
  • Close all outside and inside doors
  • Close all windows
  • Do not use kitchen or bathroom vents
  • Set thermostats so air conditioners, furnaces and hot water heaters do not come on
  • Do not use fireplaces. Close all dampers
  • Do not operate the clothes dryer
  • Stay in an inside room as far away from windows and doors as possible
  • Avoid smoking as it contaminates the air
  • Do not leave the building until told to

Report a Hazardous Material Spill

If you become aware of a hazardous material spill, report it.

  • Call toll-free 1-800-663-3456 24 hours a day
  • If the spill is in international waters, call 1-800-OILS-911

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