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The Health Administrator Advised Residents To Wear Mask Near The Chemical Fire Site

The Health Administrator Advised Residents To Wear Mask Near The Chemical Fire Site

The residents are advised by the health officials and asked to wear masks in the area after a chemical fire that broke in the region. All the residents around the 3-mile radius of the fire accident are at a risk of respiratory-related issues and irritation due to the chemical smoke.

The Health Administrator Advised Residents To Wear Mask Near The Chemical Fire Site

The chemical fire broke out on Monday morning at the Chemtool Inc. plant in Rockton, Illinois. The fire resulted in a mandatory evacuation of the residents and even the businesses in a 1-mile radius of the chemical plant. The city fire department has to take quick action to prevent the ill effects of the chemical smoke.  The incident was tweeted by the state police. 

The Health Administrator Advised Residents To Wear Mask Near The Chemical Fire Site

According to Dr Sandra Martell, working as the public health administrator for Winnebago County, the smoke coming out of the chemical fire might affect people with compromised immunity. The harmful particulate matter that is present in the chemicals or is given out in the fire can cause pulmonary irritation and other respiratory issues. 

Dr Martell added that the mandatory evacuation of residents within the 1-mile radius of the fire incident and the mask mandate in the region is necessary to avoid any respiratory-related health issues due to the fire. 

The health officials in the city are also advising the resident’s not to pick or even touch any debris or waste that might fall from the sky coming out of the great chemical fire. In a news conference on Monday, Dr Martell urged people not to get involved with the stuff related to fire. 

She added that it is still not known to them what is present in the waste. Use of bare hands to handle the waste and dire related stuff is not advised. She said that gloves and shovel need to be used to separate the household waste from the waste emerging from the chemical fire. The authorities need to figure out how to dispose of that waste so that the environment and, most of all, people’s health is not impacted. 

Dr. Martell said that the health officials are concerned about the groundwater that the community is relying upon and will try to keep that safe is of utmost importance to the people. 

According to the Rockton fire department chief, Kirk Wilson said that the incident is likely to last about seven days. It requires about a week time for the products to burn off. He added that a large plume of smoke is still moving in the south and south-west direction from the site of the chemical explosion. However, Chief Wilson added that no compromise in the quality of air and ground till now. 

He added that they hope not to face any environmental nightmare due to any of Chemtool’s oil-based lubricants that might have a run-off to the Rock River. The river is flowing about 300 meters west to the fire accident site. They are mostly concerned about spilling chemicals from the chemical plant into the river that can cause health issues in the near future.

The reason behind the fire outbreak at the chemical plant in Rockton, Illinois, is still not ascertained. 

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