Train derailment: If you smell smoke the SDHU recommends that you shelter in place Or A.C.T.

The Sudbury & District Health Unit was notified at 6:00 a.m. today of a train derailment and fire which occurred north of Gogama on March 7, 2015.

The smoke from the fire has the potential to reach many kilometers away from the fire.  This smoke may aggravate existing breathing problems such as asthma.  If you smell this smoke the Health Unit recommends that you shelter in place or A.C.T.

A.C.T. stands for:

  • Always go indoors. Bring your pets inside with you.
  • Close all exterior doors and windows. Close vents, fireplace dampers, and as many interior doors as possible to compartmentalize your home.
  • Turn off air conditioners and ventilation systems to prevent outside air from being brought in.

By sealing your house, you can keep airborne contaminants out. If the situation were to worsen and an evacuation were needed, instructions will be broadcast over the radio or police or fire crews will give instructions at your door. 

Residents are advised to closely monitor local radio stations for updates as this situation continues to evolve.

This item was last modified on June 3, 2015