I've been using the term "consumer-level" hazardous materials events to describe everything from mixing household cleaning products to creating hydrogen sulfide and homemade chemical bombs. Noting that these situations are developed out of ordinary, off the products...the kind you find in almost any store...to raise awareness to the severity and potential impact to responders.
A recent story from the Kansas City Star underscores what I've been talking about for years. A man decided to kill himself in his car by opening canisters of cyanide. No warning signs on the windows this time. Responders open the door...instant exposure.
For more on cyanide, check out prior Mitigation Journal Blog posting and be sure to tune in to Mitigation Journal Podcast (edition #143 for 1/3/2010) for the latest on this topic.