From industrial chemicals and toxic waste to household detergents and air fresheners, hazardous materials are part of our everyday lives. Hazardous materials are substances which, because of their chemical, physical, or biological nature, pose a potential risk to life, health, or property if they are handled improperly. Chemical plants are one source of hazardous materials, but there are many others. Service stations store gasoline and diesel fuel, hospitals use a wide range of radioactive and flammable materials, and hazardous material waste sites process thousands of different materials every day.
Accidents involving hazardous materials can happen anytime and range from a chemical spill on the highway to groundwater contamination by naturally occurring methane gas to ingesting a household cleaner at home. Hazardous material incidents are accidents which affect a large number of people and, while fairly uncommon, can happen anytime, anywhere. For more information about hazardous material incidents and their likelihood in the Township of Hampton, please call the Township of Hampton Police Department at 412-486-0400. In the event of an emergency, call 911.