How to avoid the chemical burn scare
A new report from the chemical company Tci Chemical shows that the chemical flame that was used to spread an outbreak of severe allergic reactions at a North Carolina facility is not a major threat to public health.
The company’s annual report, titled “Chemical burn: Why We’re Here to Stay,” says that the company’s research indicates that exposure to the chemical used in the blaze is unlikely to cause significant harm to the public.
“This is the first time we’ve seen the effects of chemical burn,” said Mark A. G. Kostas, Tci’s director of public affairs.
“The effects of the fire are likely to be temporary and will be quickly resolved.”
The chemical, which is used to make polyurethane, has a lifespan of about a week.
Gizmodo reached out to Tci for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Tci has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The fire was first reported by ABC News on March 20.
A week later, ABC News aired a segment titled “The worst chemical burn in history,” which highlighted the use of chemicals to spread a chemical-related allergic reaction that killed two people.
The chemical used to create the fire was also released, which made it the second deadliest fire ever in North Carolina.
The Associated Press previously reported that the fire started at a factory that manufactured polyurethanylene, a plastic used in food and beverage containers.
“We are a small company with very limited resources,” Gizmino said.
“Our employees have done everything possible to keep us safe, and we feel that we are a great value for our customers.”
A Tci spokesperson told Gizmini that it has not received any official notification of the outbreak, but added that it is working with local authorities to make sure that people do not have to leave the factory for at least 48 hours.
The state is working to expand the recall to all of the company-owned factories in North Carolinias manufacturing region, the company said.
The report also said that the risk to the general public is low, as most people are not exposed to the fire at the factory.
However, there have been cases of severe allergies to the chemicals released, and they have been associated with severe allergic symptoms, the report said.
A total of four people have been diagnosed with severe allergies and a total of 12 have had reactions, the study said.
Tcs chemical burn report can be read here: https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/21/business/companies-chemical-flame-fire-explosion/