Hazardous Materials are defined as any substance which has been determined to be either a health hazard or a physical hazard to people.
You may be thinking to yourself, "We live in Teton County, what Hazardous Materials do we have here?" That is a very good question. Products that we use every day such as gasoline, household cleaners, propane, pool chemicals, and agricultural pesticides are only a few of the dangerous substances that you will find in Teton County. When used properly, these materials are helpful and make our lives easier. It is when they are either accidentally or purposefully misused that they become an issue.
Hazardous materials incidents can be very dangerous depending on the substance involved. It takes a very specialized and highly trained team to deal with the more dangerous substances. Also, dealing with and disposing of certain materials can be very difficult due to the potential environmental impact for years to come.
Here are some of the factors that can increase your risk of being involved in a hazardous materials incident.