Paraquat

CAS RN: 4685-14-7

Fire Fighting Procedures

Procedures for bipyridilium pesticides are as follows: Small fires: dry chemical, carbon dioxide, water spray, or foam. Large fires: water spray, fog, or foam. Move container from fire area if you can do so without risk. Fight fire from maximum distance. Dike fire control water for later disposal; do not scatter the material. Poisonous gases are produced in fire. If material or contaminated runoff enters waterways, notify downstream users of potentially contaminated waters. Notify local health and fire officials and pollution control agencies. Containers may explode in fire. From a secure, explosion-proof location, use water spray to cool exposed containers. If cooling streams are ineffective (venting sound increases in volume and pitch, tank discolors or shows any signs of deforming), withdraw immediately to a secure position.
If involved in a fire, control with dry powder or alcohol-resistant foam ... Protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus should be worn, to avoid skin contamination and the breathing of toxic fumes. Confine the use of water spray to the cooling of unaffected stock, thus avoiding the accumulation of polluted run-off from the site.
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