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Services scrambled to Falmouth home to help chemical casualties

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:44am 24th March 2018. (Updated at 10:18am 24th March 2018)

Services were scrambled to a home Falmouth as people had taken ill after inhaling chemical fumes.

Cornwall Fire & Rescue service were alerted at 3pm on Friday after receiving a call from the ambulance as a woman breathed in fumes from chemicals.

When they arrived at the property on Oakfield Road two casualties were being treated by paramedics for chemical fume inhalation, they were then taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital. 

Fire fighters used breathing apparatus when they went into the home, finding and identifying the chemicals that had been mixed and taking them outside before ventilating the property.

It was found after a thorough investigation that chlorine gas had been produced, it is heavier than air so is a low lying gas. 

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service said: "A call was received from Ambulance at 15:00 requesting the attendance of The Fire Service to a female who had been taken ill after inhaling fumes from chemicals. 
Appliances from Truro and Tolvaddon were mobilised along with a support vehicle from St Just and The Environment Support Vehicle from Penzance. On arrival two casualties were outside with Paramedics suffering with the effects of chemical fume inhalation. Firefighters entered the property wearing breathing apparatus to locate and identify the chemicals that had been mixed, before removing them to the outside and ventilating the home. After thorough investigation it was confirmed that the gas produced was chlorine and all persons were taken to RCH Treliske for examination."

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advises that the some of the immediate signs and symptoms of exposure to dangerous concentrations of chlorine include: 

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blisters, burning pain and redness if the skin is exposed to gas, if it is liquid chlorine then injuries similar to frostbit can occur.
  • Blurred vision
  • Burning sensations in the nose, eyes and throat
  • Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) this may happen after a few hours as a delayed response.
  • Chest tightness
  • Watery eyes
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, this may be a delayed symptom if exposed to low levels of chlorine inhalation
  • Wheezing

 

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