Shelter-In-Place Guide - How to Shelter-in-Place
How to Shelter-in-Place in your Home or Place of Business:
This website is intended primarily for the purpose of explaining the recommended
actions to take in the unlikely event that you are asked to take shelter in your
home or place of business.
The following shelter-in-place instructions have been prepared by the Canadian
Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) as a recommended practice. If you receive
notification from local authorities, first responders or company response personnel
to take shelter the following actions should be followed:
- Immediately gather everyone indoors and stay there.
- Close and lock all windows and outside doors.
- If convenient, tape the gaps around the door frames.
- Extinguish indoor wood burning fires.
- If possible, close flue dampers.
- Turn off appliances or equipment that either:
- Blows out indoor air, such as:
- Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans.
- Built-in vacuum systems.
- Clothes dryers.
- Gas fireplaces.
- Gas stoves.
- Sucks in outside air, such as:
- Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for
apartments, commercial or public facilities.
- Fans for heat recovery ventilators or energy recovery
- Turn down thermostats to the minimum setting and turn off air conditioners.
- Leave open all inside doors.
- Avoid using the telephone, except for emergencies, so that you can be contacted
by company emergency response personnel.
- Call the company emergency response numbers provided if you are experiencing
symptoms or smelling odours to that your concerns can be addressed and response
priorities can be adjusted.
- Notify company emergency response personnel if you have contacted fire, police
or ambulance so that we can coordinate our response.
- Stay tuned to local radio and television for possible information updates.
- Even if you see people outside, do not leave until told to do so.
- If you are unable to follow these instructions, please notify company emergency response personnel.
- After the hazardous substance has passed through the area you will receive an "all-clear" message from emergency responders. You may also receive, if required, instructions to:
- Ventilate your building by opening all windows and doors; turning on fans and turning up thermostats. During this time the outside air may be fresher and you may choose to leave your building while ventilating.
- Once the building is completely ventilated, return all equipment to normal settings and operation.