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Industrial activities involving dangerous substances have the potential to cause accidents or serious injury.

Three ways to prepare yourself and your family:

  1. Be aware if you live near a hazardous site. If you hear a warning of an incident, go indoors, close all your doors and windows and tune into local news channels for advice.
  2. If evacuated, know where key documents and medications are so you can leave quickly.
  3. Consider backup childcare and check what your child’s school plans are during emergencies.

In an emergency, how is the West Midlands prepared?

West Midlands Fire Service maintains multi-agency emergency plans to manage results of a major accident.

The Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) Regulations 2015 are the enforcing regulations within the UK. COMAH regulations aim to prevent and mitigate the effects of major accidents involving dangerous substances, which can cause serious damage / harm to people and / or the environment.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website allows you to search for COMAH establishments in your area.