HFRS: Coolant leak no health risk to Public

Emergency Services Hedge End

Hampshire Fire and Rescue wish to reassure Hedge End residents that there is no threat to public health following the incident earlier this evening which led to the temporary closure of the Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer superstores at the retail park.

HFRS have released the following press statement and photographs from the scene:

We have this evening attended a refrigerant leak at the Hedge End Retail Park on Toolbar Way, Hedge End, Hampshire.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service  would like to reassure residents in the local area that there is no public health warning, following earlier reports of a gas leak.

Our control operators mobilised four appliances from Hightown, St Mary’s and Redbridge Fire Stations, together with our Hazardous Materials Detection Identification and Monitoring Team (HAZMAT) at 17:29.

We worked in partnership with the South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Constabulary to make the scene safe. The stop message was received at 20:55.

One casualty was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Emergency Services Hedge End

  2 comments for “HFRS: Coolant leak no health risk to Public

  1. Matthew (Gas Mask) Myatt
    September 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Interesting how emergency services claim there is was not risk to health. This copy from Wiki, makes for a complete contradiction..

    “As of July 1, 1992 it is illegal in the United States to release refrigerants into the atmosphere (intentional or accidental). When refrigerants are removed they should be recycled to clean out any contaminants and return them to a usable condition. Refrigerants should never be mixed together outside of facilities licensed to do so for the purpose of producing blends. Some refrigerants must be managed as hazardous waste even if recycled, and special precautions are required for their transport, depending on the legislation of the country’s government.”

  2. Pete Stewart
    September 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Anyone know what chemical was released?

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