Interior Health issues release about Do Not Use water

Slocan Valley residents under Do Not Use water order until further notice; not applicable to wells.

Residents of the Slocan Valley impacted by the July 26 jet fuel spill at Lemon Creek are advised of the following health information.

Interior Health has issued a Do Not Use water order for any water users drawing water from Lemon Creek, Slocan River and Kootenay River downstream from the site of the accident to the Brilliant Dam (above Castlegar). The Do Not Use order will remain in effect until further notice. Note: Residents drawing from wells are not impacted by this order.

The fuel involved (Jet Fuel A-1) is a volatile organic compound that in high concentrations (liquid or gas) can cause significant damage to skin, lung tissue, gastrointestinal tissue, and brain tissue. Volatile organic compounds such as these can also exacerbate any chronic diseases such as emphysema, heart disease, and neuromuscular disorders.

The following first aid measures are recommended for those with minor symptoms:

Eye contact: Flush with cool water. Remove contact lenses, if applicable, and continue flushing.

Obtain medical attention if irritation persists.

Skin contact: Flush with cool water. Wash with soap and water. Obtain medical attention if irritation persists.

Inhalation: If symptoms develop, move person to fresh air. If symptoms persist, obtain medical attention. If breathing has stopped, trained personnel should administer CPR immediately.

Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. If vomiting occurs naturally, have person lean forward to reduce risk of aspiration. Never give anything by mouth if person is unconscious, or is convulsing.

Anyone with serious symptoms should call 9-1-1 or present to the closest emergency department.

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