Hazardous Materials Accidents

Hazardous materials accidents include:


  • Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.
  • If necessary or if directed, activate the fire alarm.
  • Exit the building via the nearest exit and inform others to do the same.

Hazardous Materials Spills

  • Evacuate all people from the spill area.
  • Anyone who may have been contaminated by the spill should avoid contact with others and remain in the immediate area for required first aid and decontamination.
  • Use safety showers immediately, if appropriate.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a safe location. Be specific about the nature of the spill material, if known, and the exact location. If you are the caller, make contact with emergency personnel when they arrive on scene.
  • Isolate the spill area and close doors to the room where the spill occurred if it is safe to do so.

For more information, please contact Environmental Health and Safety at (860) 486-3613.

Suspicious Letter or Package

Mail and packages can be used to deliver suspicious and potentially hazardous materials. Before opening, take care to examine the item for anything unusual. Examples of issues that might raise concern:

  • Oily or stained
  • Excessive tape or string
  • Strange odor
  • Misspelled words or names
  • Lopsided or uneven package
  • Excess postage
  • No return address

If a package is unusual or raises concerns:

  • Handle with care.
  • Do not open, smell, touch, or taste any contents of the package.
  • Leave the area, isolate it by shutting doors behind you as you leave.
  • Do not use your cell phone within 300 feet of the package.
  • Treat it as dangerous and call 9-1-1.