Your Decontamination plan should you become exposed to radiation fallout:
Thanks to your local CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)
1. Remove outer layer of clothing.
- Take off your outer layer of clothing: Taking off your outer layer of clothing can remove up to 90% of radioactive material.
- Be very careful in removing your clothing to prevent radioactive dust from shaking loose. Put the clothing in a plastic bag or other sealable container and put the bag in an out-of-the-way place, away from other people and pets.
2a. Wash yourself off.
If you can’t take a shower:
- Wash your hands, face, and parts of your body that were uncovered at a sink or faucet. Use soap and plenty of water.
- If you do not have access to a sink or faucet, use a moist wipe, clean wet cloth, or a damp paper towel to wipe the parts of your body that were uncovered. Pay special attention to your hands and face.
- Gently blow your nose, wipe your eyelids, eyelashes, and ears with a moist wipe, clean wet cloth, or a damp paper towel.
- Put the used wipes, cloth or towel in a plastic bag or other sealable container and place the bag in an out-of-the-way place, away from other people and pets.
2b. Wash yourself off.
If you can take a shower:
- Take a warm shower and gently wash yourself with lots of soap. Do not scald, scrub, or scratch your skin. Your skin helps protect the inside of your body from radioactive material.
- Wash your hair with shampoo or soap. Do not use conditioner because it will cause radioactive material to stick to your hair.
- Keep cuts and abrasions covered when washing to keep from getting radioactive material in open wounds.