Incident procedures

If, despite all of the safety precautions taken, a hazardous incident does occur, the potential dangers are not limited to a fire or an explosion—hazardous materials could be released as well. This can endanger human health and the environment as well as cause damage outside of the Marl Chemical Park. Depending on the type of hazardous incident and the materials involved, other potential risks include air, soil, and water pollution. Our alarm and emergency plans come into play whenever an incident occurs. If we cannot rule out the possibility of the impact extending beyond the Marl Chemical Park, we will also notify the local authorities. The public authorities, in turn, will inform you, our neighbors. 

Recognize the following danger signs:

  • Visible signs such as smoke or fire
  • An unusual odor
  • Physical reaction such as nausea, irritated eyes or respiratory System

Take the following steps:

  • Pay attention to loudspeaker announcements from the fire department or police and follow their instructions without exception.
  • Remain calm.
  • Seek out closed rooms.
  • Call your children into the house.
  • Notify your neighbors.
  • Take in passersby temporarily.
  • Take special care to help the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
  • Close all of your doors and windows.
  • Turn off ventilation and air-conditioning systems—even in your car.
  • Turn on your radio.
    • Radio Vest: FM 105.2
    • WDR 2: FM 99.2

Observe the following in the aftermath of an incident:

  • Avoid all open flames (do not smoke) due to the potential risk of explosion.
  • Stay away from windows due the potential risk of broken glass.
  • Go to an upper floor if you smell something unusual—gases are often heavier than air and will remain on the ground.
  • Hold a moist towel in front of your mouth and nose if you smell something unusual. This will offer at least some protection from substances that may be hazardous to your health.
  • Wait for news and information from the authorities.

Do not do the following under any circumstances:

  • Do not leave your home unless told to do so.
  • Do not take any action of your own accord. Doing so would only put you in danger.
  • Do not evacuate the area on foot or by car. Emergency response vehicles will need to use the streets.

The fire department and police will inform you as soon as the danger has passed. Information will also be available on the radio.