A hazardous material is a product or substance that has the potential to harm your life, health, property or the environment. It can be a solid, liquid or a gas or a combination of these.
Hazardous materials come in many forms including regular household and pool cleaning products, industrial chemicals, pesticides, paints or gases.
The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service respond to any incidents that involve hazardous substances.
You should report all spills or leaks as a matter of urgency by dialling 000.
In the event of a spill you should take the following precautions:
- isolate the spill
- contain where possible
- evacuate from the area
- treat first aid, seek medical advice
- notify authorities.
If someone eats or swallows a household cleaning product or other hazardous substance call Poisons Information on 131 126 - available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.