FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 13, 2017
CONTACT: HSEMDPIO@iowa.gov or (515) 725-3231

 

Gov. Branstad designates Jan. 15-21 as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week

 

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad has designated the week of Jan. 15-21, 2017, as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week in Iowa.

 

The goal of the week is to provide Iowans a better understanding about hazardous materials, their proper use, storage, and disposal, and the emergency response actions that can help minimize unnecessary accidents and exposure.

 

Nearly all households and businesses use products that contain hazardous materials, and hazardous materials are transported on our roadways, railways, and waterways daily. Knowing how to handle such products and how to react during an emergency can reduce the risk of illness, injury or death.

Household hazardous materials

Household hazardous materials are found in most of our homes. These products are either toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive, or a combination of these properties, and have warning labels that contain the following words: Caution, Danger, Poison, or Warning.

 

Some things you can do to ensure your family’s safety:

Brochures about hazardous materials safety are available for download on the Ready Iowa website, and additional information can be found on HSEMD’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, where updates will be posted throughout the week using the hashtag #BeHazmatAware.

 

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.

 

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Link to the proclamation here.