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Radiological incident

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Radiological incident

Go in, stay in, tune in

The risk of a radiological incident occurring in Cambridgeshire is low. However, with a busy road network, there is always a risk that an incident may occur involving radioactive material. There could also be a radiation release that occurs elsewhere in the UK or in another country. Therefore, it is a good idea to know what do in the event of a radiation emergency.

In the event of such an incident, it is important to go in, stay in and tune in to listen to advice from the emergency services and other professional organisations. You can find up to date information from a number of sources:

Each incident may require specific advice, but general advice will be:

  • Remain calm and follow the latest advice.
  • Quickly check that your neighbours have seen the warnings and then immediately go indoors and stay there.
  • Do not go outside, unless you are told to do so.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Close all your doors and windows.
  • Stay as far away from external walls as possible.
  • Switch off fans, close ventilators and put out or damp down open fires or other heating appliances (such as central heating boilers and gas fires) which draw air from outside.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you urgently need help. If you must make a call, please keep it short.
  • Do not leave the area unless advised to do so. You will be much safer indoors.
  • Do not attempt to collect children from school. Teachers and police will look after them and ensure they are safe.

More information and advice about what to do in a radiation emergency is available on the gov.uk website. 

 

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