At least four children and three adults are dead after an explosion at a maternity hospital in Mexico City. Another 40 people are injured and others could still be trapped inside at this time. Many are being treated for injuries caused by flying debris, and babies have been taken to other nearby hospitals.

A truck was supplying natural gas to the hospital when a hose burst and the resulting leak caused the explosion. This deadly incident is a reminder that accidents do happen, and as a result you should always be prepared for one to occur.

The best way to prepare for an accidental explosion is to be aware of your surroundings. If your company works with combustible materials, make sure you follow all regulations for handling those materials in a safe and secure manner. You should also be aware of any possible combustible materials used in or near your building. This includes commercial generators, large HVAC units, manufacturing facilities, and construction sites.

In the event of an explosion:

  • Assume there are radioactive or hazardous elements involved.
  • Take shelter immediately—away from windows.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask, cloth, or shirt to avoid inhaling any dust.
  • When items begin to settle, check for fire and other hazards.

Your portal provides additional ways in which you can prepare, respond, and recover from accidental explosions. For more information, visit the Knowledge Center of your portal, or contact your Client Services Representative.

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