How to react in the event of a chemical attack?

What to do if you are exposed to toxic fumes. While wainting for the emergency services to arrive, these few steps could save your life.

 
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO TOXIC FUMES
WHILE WAITING FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES TO ARRIVE, THESE FEW STEPS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
 
  1. Protect your nose and mouth by any means possible: damp handkerchief, scarf or fabric
  2. Even if you’re feeling unwell, don’t lie or sit down – you might not be able to get back up again.
  3. Quickly leave the area that seems to be worst affected (an odd smell, if people’s eyes are watering or they suddenly start feeling unwell for example).
  4. If you notice people fainting or having difficulty breathing, help them to leave the area without turning back.
  5. Once a safe distance away, carefully remove your first layer of clothing without touching the outside surface and try to put it somewhere out of the way – preferably in a plastic bag (like a bin liner) or, failing that, on the ground away from you and point it out to the emergency services when they arrive. If you are able to, strip off completely and wash your hands with soap and water.
  6. Only use your mobile phone to call the emergency services by telling them your location and if there is a need for swift assistance in a serious situation.
Fire brigade: 18 or 112 (from France)
Emergency Medical Assistance Service (SAMU): 15 (from France)
  1. Whatever you do, don’t go home. Don’t head to the hospital of your own accord. Make sure you wait for the emergency services and follow their instructions, otherwise you risk contaminating those around you too!
  2. The emergency services will organise an assembly point where you will receive the necessary care.
  3. Avoid physical contact with other people, don’t drink, try not to rub your face, don’t eat and don’t smoke.
 
STAY CALM, THIS WILL MAKE THE EMERGENCY RESCUE AND MEDICAL TEAMS’ WORK EASIER
 
IMPORTANT!
Some serious symptoms may only appear several hours after exposure.
In this case, dial 15 as soon as possible, explain that you were in the contaminated area and follow the instructions you are given.
On social networks, follow the accounts @Place_Beauvau and @gouvernement.fr
Listen out for instructions from the public authorities.



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