You may be exposed to a chemical even though you may not be able to see or smell anything unusual. You may be exposed in 3 ways:
Breathing the chemical.
Swallowing contaminated food, water, or medication.
Touching the chemical, or coming into contact with clothing or things that have touched the chemical.
Learn about chemicals and chemical emergencies:
Chemicals are everywhere. They are an important part of life.
The most common chemical accidents occur in our own homes, and they can be prevented.
The best way to avoid chemical accidents is to read and follow the directions for use, storage, and disposal of the product. Mixing products can be hazardous.
If you find someone who appears to have been injured from chemical exposure, make sure you are not in danger before administering first aid. If you think there might be potential danger, call 911 or your local emergency number. If there is no danger, give first aid as needed.
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to be prepared. Knowing what to watch for and how to respond will keep you alert to potential chemical hazards.